In our second blog on the benefits of SAM we will be looking at how it can help to reduce costs across the organization. The first article on managing risks can be found here.
Cost reduction (along with compliance) is typically cited as a major factor for investing in SAM. The most obvious saving being on the licenses themselves. As a good SAM program will track the usage of software (as well as installed instances), it enables license optimization and ensures an organization only buys and uses that software which it actually needs, thus reducing overspend.
SAM still needed in the cloud
This is particularly so for cloud-based licensing, or Software as a Service (SaaS). Many people make the mistake of thinking that with a cloud-based subscription, you no longer need SAM. Don’t fall into this trap. If anything SAM is needed more with a cloud-based subscription as organizations tend to overbuy to ensure that all employees can gain access to the software they need to do the job.