In the first of 2 blog articles we are going to look at the benefits of implementing a SAM program in your organization. We will look at how it can help in reducing costs in the next article, but this one will focus on risk mitigation.
Risk is usually the one area overlooked when considering SAM, but there are significant benefits to be realized here in a number of areas. The first concerns the damage to reputation that can occur when an organization is shown to be in breach of its license agreement.
It’s not just vendor audits you have to watch out for!
As well as the increased chance of you receiving one or more vendor audits (now at 67% and rising, according to Gartner), there are now a number of industry associations actively on the warpath. From the Business Software Association (BSA) to the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), these organizations are running well publicised campaigns naming and shaming organizations using software they are not entitled to – either knowingly or in ignorance.