You can tell instantly by the name that SAM or Software Assets Management is all about making the most of your software, and by this we mean that your suite of software programs is being used to its maximum capability, is up-to-date in its license and is actually paying itself by supporting certain parts of your business process.
But if you are like most people, you are probably wondering how it all works. Well, don’t you worry because, in this article, we are going to tell you a little more about SAM.
It all starts with you contacting Microsoft for its list of qualified SAM partners, all third party companies that have an intense familiarity with software life cycles and how to maximize them for business use. Once you have a SAM company formally engage you, the real work can begin.
All SAM companies start by assessing their client’s needs, and so it’s very important for you to identify what your goals are when it comes to your software assets. You can start by listing what your needs are and how much it costs you now to reach those goals. You might have the end goal of reducing the dollars that you spend on licensing.
Once your goals are identified, a representative from the SAM company will then do a thorough inventory of your assets. After inventory comes analysis where the specialist will identify key areas of improvement as well as ways through which you can easily achieve your goals cost-effectively. A report will then be sent to you and it’s up to you to act on your report.
You might be wondering why you should hire a certified company by Microsoft when you can hire a consultant, right? While consultants can give you insights on how to maximize your IT assets, a SAM company can actually help you reduce your costs by procuring software licenses at a discount from different supplies. Not only that, they also help reduce the costs even further by identifying the most effective route to take, that is, whether or not to get a license per computer or an enterprise license.
In a few short words, working with a SAM company can help plug the costs of software procurement and maintenance. If you are like most companies, you are probably concerned about the software programs you have especially in these areas:
How much is it costing you per year?
Are you getting the most out of the software programs or are you just using the basic beginner’s functions?
Are your employees using your software to improve how they do their jobs?
With Software Asset Management, you have little room for guess work because the answers to those questions are answered in the most certain terms based on different metrics that are measured, not surprisingly, by state-of-the-art software.
There are many SAM companies out there and it’s up to you to make sure that you are working only with the best ones in the industry.