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What is SAM?

What is SAM?

SAM (Software Asset Management) is the process and procedures backed by industry standards to manage software as you would any other valuable company asset to provides economic, security and performance benefits. Poor software management robs companies of the full value of the productivity and efficiency of software. Good software management matches the organization with the needs of the company and individuals. Poor software management can also easily mask unlicensed software, which is the installation or use of unauthorized copies of software.


Benefits

  • Reduce software costs through:
    • Matching license purchases with actual utilization.
    • Purchase of upgrades only where required.
  • Obtain the best software to match business requirements.
  • Access to out-of-date and current software for archival or disaster recovery purposes.
  • Avoidance of costly litigation, settlements or fines from the use of unlicensed software.

Risks

  • Over paying for software licenses due to:
    • Purchasing more than required.
    • Paying for support when the underlying product has been uninstalled.
    • Upgrading software that is not utilized.
  • Security and data vulnerability from the installation of unknown and unauthorized software.
  • Costly litigation, settlements and fines from the use of unlicensed software.
6 Tips for Ensuring Software Compliance in the Workplace

BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. With headquarters in Washington, DC and operations in more than 60 countries around the world, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.
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