Microsoft has launched a software asset management framework, which it says can help users discover what software is running throughout their companies.
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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.