Software can and does represent a significant proportion of an organisation's total IT budget. So would it not make good sense to keep a close eye on how, where and what licences are required? The process responsible for performing this is known as Software Asset Management (SAM). Over the last few years, the main drivers for SAM has been around compliance. But as more and more organisations recognise their legal obligation, or are reminded of it by the regulators or publishers, many have been driven simply to complete a licence compliance review which has little or no return and in most cases has been seen as a costly exercise. But what can be done to improve this situation?
A fully implemented SAM programme enables you to reduce costs, improve security and compliance, and anticipate future software needs. SAM can also help businesses gain competitive advantage through capturing the costs and benefits associated with IT projects. The course offerings here, address the complexity of this key business practice and provide software asset managers with the skills to implement and maintain an effective SAM programme.
Based on industry best practice, the certifications cover the optimisation of software across organisations throughout all the stages of the life cycle, from the identification of the initial business need, right up to and including, the eventual retirement of the software/service. The courses provide industry recognition of your skills and knowledge, always a welcome addition to a CV, and may lead to increasingly being demanded by employers as organisations look for ways to streamline costs and services.
The certificate in Software Asset Management Essentials covers the Software Asset Management (SAM) processes as described in the SAM module within the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®). The certificate also covers the interdependencies between IT Service Management principles and SAM.
Software Asset Management Software can represent 25% of an organisation's total IT budget so it makes good sense to keep a close eye on how, where and what licences you buy. This process is Software Asset Management.
Over the last four to five years, the main project drivers for Software Asset Management have been around compliance. As more and more organisations recognise their legal obligation, or are reminded of it by the software regulators or publishers, many have been driven simply to complete a licence compliance review which has little or no return and in most cases has been seen as a costly exercise.
What are the benefits of Software Asset Management Training?
SAM helps you recognise
How can SAM specifically benefit your business?
Here are the benefits of having SAM in place.
Smoother Operations Your organization will be more efficient and effective with SAM in place. SAM lets you focus on running your business rather than worrying about things like unsupported programs, viruses and security issues as a result from a lack of patches or updates.
Better Price Points SAM will improve relations with your software suppliers and perhaps give you an advantage in future negotiations. A better knowledge of your software requirements can enable you to buy in volume, thereby taking advantage of the price discounts associated with bulk purchases.
Better Market Position Quicker speed-to-market through efficient software functionality and a thorough knowledge of the software within your existing estate.
Financial Security SAM gives you financial stability from unexpected licensing costs as well as providing tax benefits associated with software depreciation.
Eliminate Waste and Redundancy Thorough software reconciliation, SAM will be able to identify software that's not being used but is still being maintained.
Volume Discounts SAM gives you a better understanding of how many and what types of licenses are needed.
Employee Benefits Software that functions as it should and is trouble free will result in better overall employee performance and morale and cut down on individual training needs for managers and lower the costs associated with it.
Liability A SAM program limits your legal liability due to poor licensing practices and helps prevent potential damage to your reputation that could arise from a lawsuit.
Future Benefits SAM gives you the ability to have a better insight into future software needs. Instead of buying all the newest software and updates available, you'll be able to decide exactly what software is needed and when you'll need it.
Corporate governance SAM can help you identify and control your software risk, thereby guiding you towards ensuring good corporate governance: identifying the risks, and controlling and mitigating these risks.