Based on the ISO framework and the SAM processes standard, ISO/IEC 19770-1, Microsoft has developed a SAM Optimization Model that seems to have been adopted in various forms across the SAM industry.
This model provides a set of criteria to make consistent SAM assessments and recommendations, and can help your organization become more agile through better use of resources, even in times of changing business conditions.
It breaks down SAM maturity into 4 areas:
- Basic SAM – a lack of policies, procedures, resources and tools
- Standardized SAM – information is not complete and accurate
- Rationalized SAM – reliable information is used to manage assets to business targets
- Optimized SAM – SAM is a strategic asset to overall business objectives