Australian Software Asset Management Association




Software Asset Management 


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Software Asset Management (SAM) is a continual challenge in any organisation. SAM relies on so many processes and procedures to bring SAM under control and to keep it under control. Staff behaviour also has a huge influence on process and procedural control, this will need careful attention in organisations that have poor behavioural practices.

Organisation culture is an important influence on SAM. If you have a culture of heroes then they will be more focussed on a quick win to look like an achiever and forget about SAM implications. This is contrast to a more professional culture that delivers based on the organisations priorities, rather than individual priorities. This is very hard to address, except to have systems in place that can monitor and report when there are unauthorised software deployments.

Organisation heroes usually exists where there is weak or no organisational service management structure. To address this situation, you will need to form a close alliance to the service management owner to have SAM considered as an important component of service management. This should not be too hard to do, as ITIL includes software in its processes. Inexperienced service management people usually quote chapter and verse from ITIL, so the control of software releases should be an easy agreement to reach.

IT security should be an ally in SAM. The threat of unlicensed software, malicious code within software and patching levels of software are all key issues for IT security. The challenges that SAM faces would be shared by IT security, the benefit for SAM is that IT security should have a lot of influence in your organisation and you could have them take up a number of key SAM challenges on your behalf.

Executive support and authority is fundamental to SAM. To imbed and to have ongoing process and procedural control, then policy will need to be underpinning these controls. The policy should be written to ensure it covers all of the SAM guiding principles, be broad enough to give flexibility but not to flexible that it is easy for staff to not abide by the policy. The policy may require a number of supporting policies to make it effective. In order to implement a policy, the executive will in most organisations be required to sign off on it, to enable it to be implemented.

This article on Software Asset Management challenges has covered some of the issues that fall within these subject. There are a number of additional requirements and strategies on this subject. More in-depth information will become available in the topic specific articles and in-depth information articles.


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