Software Asset Management (SAM) is typical invest by medium to large corporation and government link corporation. A good and effective Software Asset Management (SAM) solution should allow customer to handle all activities, include managing and procuring software asset and license agreement, flexible on-premise and cloud deployment, keep tracking software asset utilization, over licensing or under licensing for compliance, make the decision for disposal of software assets that do not meet the organization needs and goal.
Different enterprise, industry and sector had different SAM needs, some just need as simple as excel worksheet to keep track, while other may need complex dedicate SAM software program to managing dynamic change within organization context and multiple users support. It also come not at surprise, IT Operations Management (ITOM) system come with modoule / addon / functionality of software assessment management (SAM) or simply network inventory or software inventory functionality, that make work for some customer, but may not be appropriate for other.
Just like other tools and system, the needs is under convergence, as modern organization is looking for unified approach to bring down total cost of ownership. Not to mention for integrated approach most of the time will automated most of the process, said once the IT device/system is provision in the system, will immediate discover for what software licensing is within the IT device/system asset. Whether the software asset is vulnerable (out from the routine update or upgrade where latest software license is available for download or patch), to compile IT overall asset (no just software asset) for the holistic reporting and for license compliance decision.
Another key trend that transforming industry is all software developer vendor is transforming their perpetual license (PL) into license subscription (LS), migrating over from on-premise to cloud solution. No to mention for rising new category of modern IT asset from container application and system, IOT and enterprise migrated their existing asset for cloud service provider or managed outsource provider, which transform some of the role expect to perform and related to SAM compliance.
For enterprise that look for make SAM investment, should adopt strategic approach and think what the next 3 to 5 years, are the SAM industry or your own industry will go for massive change or convergence, under those scenario, making investment in integrated solution with SAM feature or license subscription or cloud based is make strategic sense. Extensive on premise and perpetual license (PL) should be hold and pause, unless you are so firmed enterprise should be invest on that, instead of leverage modern and better future technology instead.
E-SPIN being active in provide both standalone and integrated solutions include SAM compliance, from on premise to cloud, perpetual license to license subscription. Feel free to contact E-SPIN for your operation and project requirement, we see how we can help in the subject matter.