What is SAM?

What is SAM?

SAM provides value to companies of any size or type. A small business with twenty employees can support a SAM program using simple paper or spreadsheet tracking and train everyone in the policies very rapidly. A government or business with tens of thousands of employees across thousands of locations will likely need specialized assistance including SAM software, trainers and certified IT staff. The difference is in the scale of the program. The benefits are the same.

6 Tips for Ensuring Software Compliance in the Workplace

Education goes a long way in reducing unlicensed software in the workplace.  Having policies and procedures in place, commonly called Software Asset Management (SAM), can dramatically reduce the risks associated with unlicensed software (fines, malware and increased support costs) and increase benefits (ability to update, more standardization and lower IT support costs). 

How can you prevent unlicensed software from appearing in your workplace? Take these steps.


  1. 1. Read the BSA Guide to Software Management.

  2. 2. Establish office policies for purchasing software and respecting intellectual property rights.

  3. 3. Explain to employees the importance of protecting computers from unlicensed software.

  4. 4. Conduct a software audit.  Compare the number of software installations to the number of licenses.

  5. 5. Delete any unlicensed software and secure licensed copies as necessary.

  6. 6. Schedule regular software audits to ensure ongoing compliance.

For more information about BSA’s suite of SAM solutions geared for enterprises, SMBs and IT professionals, visit www.verafirm.org.