Software Asset Management (SAM) is the practice of managing the lifecycle of software assets within an organization. It is a set of managed processes and functional capabilities to manage software assets throughout the five stages of their lifecycle (planning, requisition, deployment, maintenance, and retirement). The two significant benefits realized by organizations of any size of a SAM program are cost control and risk reduction.
- Step One: Develop Policies and Procedures
- Step Two: Audit Installed Software
- Step Three: Determine What is Authorized or Unauthorized
- Step Four: Establish A Routine Audit Process
Download the Software Management Guide for further detail related to effective SAM strategies for small, medium and large businesses.
Enterprise Workplace Compliance
Software asset management for large businesses is frequently executed in partnership between the IT department, Finance department, certified software asset management professions and special software asset management firms and/or software resellers. These individuals and companies provide specialized knowledge and tools to apply best practices across the enterprise in an efficient manner.
BSA provides access to several free software audit tools from a sampling of these companies and a directory of certified SAM professionals. BSA also provides the Verafirm Certified solution to confirm enterprise scale software asset inventories and practices to indemnify your organization from prosecution of unlicensed software use.
Read more about launching your enterprise scale SAM solution.
Small Business Workplace Compliance
Software asset management for a small business can frequently be executed without specialty IT resources. Start by reading the Software Management Guide. Then use the tools and worksheets available from BSA to being your own SAM program. Once inventory is complete, use the Verafirm Registry to record and track your software assets.
The Verafirm Registry is an industry-supported portal that helps companies effectively manage their software, efficiently document that their software is licensed and connect with customers interested in doing business with ethical companies. It is the first and only registry of its kind. By utilizing the Verafirm Registry, companies can:
- Effectively manage their software licenses and installed user base.
- Efficiently document that their software is licensed.
- Connect with customers interested in doing business with ethical companies.
By self-declaring software licenses via Verafirm, a business takes an important first step in demonstrating that it is transparent, well-run, and respects intellectual property. As a company steps up its compliance, from Verafirm-Registered, to Verafirm-Verified, to Verafirm-Certified, businesses will receive special designation on Verafirm, demonstrating to subscribers that they not only value software compliance, but have taken concrete steps to ensure and document your compliance. To better understand the benefits of Verafirm, please visit our FAQ page .
Government Software Asset Management
Since governments implement laws on behalf of those they govern, elected officials have a responsibility to demonstrate the importance of adhering to laws regarding the use of software. Governments require a variety of specialized SAM best practices that differ from those in other organizations. Download this resource for information and helpful tips on how governments can manage their own software assets and achieve license compliance.
SAM Advantage, also known as Verafirm Professional, is the first industry software asset management (SAM) course aligned to the ISO/IEC 19770-1 SAM standard. Based on a tiered approach, users will learn how to:
- Build a best practice standards-based SAM program.
- Proactively and effectively manage their software assets.
- Increase IT efficiencies and control costs.
- Identify and reduce IT risks.
- Become a Certified Professional in SAM.
SAM Advantage provides the knowledge necessary to successfully implement best practice SAM in any organization, reduce risk and increase overall IT benefits. The information learned from this online course extends from the individual IT practitioner interested in SAM, to the SAM adopting organization and the partner or reseller wishing to extend their knowledge into a value-added benefit for their own customers.