When it comes to managing a software audit, a strong Software Asset Management program (or SAM) is vital - no function knows more about license compliance and lifecycles - but its importance doesn't begin and end there. Recent years have seen an increasing maturity in SAM programs through increased executive buy-in and a deepened understanding of complex contracts that include virtualization and cloud services. Moreover, SAM is increasingly becoming responsible for reducing the risks associated with shadow IT, analyzing costs, and the enablement of IT to serve the business. So how do you make the most out of your SAM program, and how can it provide the most benefit for your organization? Find out how one company does it, and does it well, then be ready to generate ideas for strengthening your own SAM.
• The role of SAM in software audits
• Where should SAM sit? In IT or Procurement?
• The increasing importance of SAM's role in cybersecurity, and how it's swift access to asset data can reduce software vulnerabilities.
• How SAM can work proactively with vendors to stay on the right side of compliance