There are many challenges in Software Asset and License Management today – from choosing the relevant supporting technology, to building and managing the right team; not to mention the more granular obstacles like piecing together an organization’s license entitlement.
But in our experience, the majority of organizations running an in-house SAM program can typically boil their challenges down into a single obstacle; the struggle of getting past compliance and into the sweet spot of SAM. What we mean by that is getting to the point that you can actually start saving your organization money on its software spend – so that includes things like working on license optimization, policy and process implementation, as well as working towards industry standards.
What’s stopping organizations getting to the effective part of SAM?
Depending on your vantage point there are many specific reasons, however we find that they can normally be summarized as follows:
1. Slow implementation of technology, teams and processes
2. Being bogged down with transactional License Management tasks
3. The complexity of software licensing
Over the coming weeks we’ll discuss each one in more detail as well as outline what a SAM team should be spending their time on. So let’s start with implementation.