Microsoft has launched a software asset management framework, which it says can help users discover what software is running throughout their companies.
Michael Beare, Director of License Compliance, Microsoft, said the SAM framework allows IT departments to manage their software actively and assess which parts of the business need specific applications. "[The framework] brings SAM down to a very practical and very IT-oriented language that we feel is going to serve as a bridge between the IT decision-maker and the CFO, because they will be able to have discussions about asset management through a model that the IT decision-maker is familiar with.
SAM is an International Organization for Standardization standard to help users obtain better value from a company's IT assets and gain better control over software management.
Microsoft said its SAM framework can be used by IT departments to measure its level of compliance with the ISO standard.