Microsoft has launched its software asset management system in the UK, which is designed to make it easier for firms to manage their software licences.
The Customer Software Asset Management (SAM) toolkit can either be implemented by enterprises themselves or used by service providers to deliver better software management at firms.
The product can be used to complete a software inventory, check software licences and to match software with the right licences held.
Microsoft has launched the product into the UK after first unveiling it some time ago.
It is already being used by companies in North America, and Microsoft has developed a programme to train up service providers to use the product to develop their software asset management operations.
Microsoft recently moved to simplify its own licensing structure, but it acknowledges that software licensing management is something that many companies continue to struggle over, despite facing big fines if they are found to be using unlicensed products.
Similar software asset management products are available from IBM and CA.
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