What is SAM?

What is SAM?

BSA members and partners offer a wide variety of research, documentation and tools to asset in demonstrating the value of software asset management and institutionalizing best practices.  

White Papers


An Inconvenient Reality: The unaccounted consequences of non-genuine software use

This white paper details the significant information security implications for corporation deploying non-genuine software.

Software asset management — a key to infrastructure optimization

This research paper shows how good software asset management can reduce costs and create efficiency within a company.

Software Asset Management: Mitigating Risk and Realizing Opportunities

This white paper discusses the benefits of implementing effective software asset management focusing on IT, compliance and enhanced risk management.


Recognizing the True Value of Software Assets

The authors’ point out how efficient and effective management of software assets can improve a company’s marketability.


SAM helps CIOs get ahead

This article details how good software asset management can be an advantage to CIOs.

Harrison Group

Genuine Microsoft Products vs Pirated Counterparts

This white paper compares licensed Microsoft users with unlicensed users of Microsoft products with the ultimate findings being that licensed users had advantages in security, performance, and power consumption.

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.