General compliance gets in the way of software asset management


General compliance gets in the way of software asset management

Antony Savvas

The focus on general compliance issues is getting in the way of achieving the benefits of software asset management (SAM).

A survey conducted by SAM consultant Liken Group reveals that 87% of IT and SAM executives questioned felt that a growing focus on compliance-only criteria meant SAM targets under the ISO/IEC 19770-1 standard were unsustainable.

Other areas of the standard such as risk mitigation and cost control are also being sidelined, says the research, by an ill informed, short-sighted approach at board level, which some respondents described as a “tick-box” compliance culture.

In the survey, 87% of respondents felt that unless the situation changed drastically, their organisations would be unlikely to meet full SAM targets over the next 12 months.

Of these, 80% felt that the situation had worsened markedly over the last 12 months, as enterprise wide compliance-only business drivers have taken centre stage.

Of those who feared for their own company’s ability to achieve and sustain ISO 19770-1, 95% felt it was due to a top-down squeeze on internal resources, and 83% said a lack of board level understanding of the benefits of the standard as a whole package was to blame.

In addition, 82% of those who expressed concerns were worried that other benefits of the standard, such as risk mitigation and cost control, would be lost.

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