Software Asset Management (SAM) is a practice of effective control of a full software lifecycle from the moment of budget/purchase planning till disposition/deletion.
Phases of a SAM project?
Inventory tool selection
We can pick up inventory tools with due regard to your business requirements or involve the tools you already own, for instance System Center.
We analyze software at user PCs, servers and interconnection between them. Following the results of the research we provide the report.
We compare purchased and used licenses, fully analyze the legal risks basing on contract documents, discover details and find hidden rocks.
Asset management process development
It is not enough to sort out your software only once. To keep it in order after the project we are studying the lifecycle of the software in the organization and offer regulations allowing to meet license requirements and show the opportunities for cost saving.
The customer can get a documentary evidence: certificates ISO 19770-1, BSA vendor association certificates or individual vendor certificates.
SAM Box: perfect solution for a quick start
The goal is to estimate the current situation in software assets. Fixed price and terms. Allows to take into account the assets of different vendors.
We can accurately analyze the installations of software from different vendors and categories thanks to good knowledge of product features and nuances of license agreements. We are well aware of where and how we should search for problems and ways to reduce expenses. This allows us to provide specialized services:
SAM Box for Oracle
SAM Box for SAP
SAM Box for IBM
SAM Box for VMware
SAM Box for Autodesk
SAM Box for Adobe
Microsoft SAM Services
Triangular agreement between Softline, Microsoft and the customer. The service is provided to the customer for free and includes full inventory of Microsoft products at PCs and servers and also a detailed licensed analysis of all software assets groups.
Result. You will get recommendations on optimizing licensure taking into account the development plans, cost reduction opportunities, minimizing risks and increasing ROI.
SAM Cloud Ready
Softline estimates your readiness for the migration to the cloud. Full inventory of corporate software allows to plan migration.
Result. You will get the analysis of possible cost reduction at the expense of transmitting applications to datacenter and abandoning outdated local infrastructure.
The analysis of infrastructure and existing IT assets management processes in terms of cybersecurity. This technology involves standard threat metrics that accumulate the best world practices.
Result. Report on potential threats to IS in terms of unlicensed and non-updated software.
Using a database especially in virtual environment, often brings risks of insufficient or wrong licensing. This service includes datacenter examination for building a true picture of SQL servers usage.
Result. Recommendations on correcting SQL Server licensing including running in virtual environments.
Many risks of licensing offence are related to virtual machine migration, creating testing virtual servers and insufficient control over infrastructure. This service is meant for examining and optimizing the process of licensing virtual infrastructures.
Result. Recommendations on optimizing the process of licensing virtual infrastructures.
This service estimates if the customer is ready for migration to the cloud. However, the analysis is based on the analysis of data provided by the customer in interviews and forms instead of technical inventory. This allows to finish the project in 2-3 days and provides high accuracy if the given information is full and true. The service is recommended by Microsoft for planning the transition from Select Plus agreement to MPSA.
SAM is for long and for real! Full support of software assets management process is interesting for the companies that have achieved a mature level of IT but do not want to hire a full-time expert for IT assets management. Inventory takes an instant “shot” of IT assets condition where permanent support looks more like a video surveillance all the time.
SAM at the vendors' expense
It is possible to get SAM Cybersecurity, SAM Cloud Ready, SAM Virtualization and SAM SQL for free if approved from Microsoft. Sending a report to Microsoft is required for budgeting the project.
SAM Success Fee: reward for success
Softline is sure that Software Assets Management provides economic benefits for every company! We suggest to execute SAM-projects based on principle “reward for success” - Success Fee. “Success Fee” is a unique offer for: you pay for the project only in case if you really benefit.