Why Software Asset Management Matters

By Gina Roos

By failing to provide management, tracking and protection of software assets, businesses are exposing themselves to multiple risks that can lead to security threats and software audits. These risks can be costly and resource-intensive, according to a survey conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of 1E, a provider of software lifecycle automation. The study, "Prevent Hidden Risks with Enhanced Software Asset Management," based on a survey of 150 senior IT professionals, finds that software asset management (SAM) processes are not keeping pace with changing technology and licensing models, and are not providing visibility across the full lifecycle of the software assets. This exposes businesses to more risks as employees bypass centralized control to purchase software, and could result in mistakes around cloud capacity and software license costs as they transition to cloud-based services. IT teams need to understand what, where and how software has been deployed and is in use, said 1E. Key findings indicate opportunities for channel companies to help their customers implement SAM tools to better protect their software assets, and reduce security and cost risks.

This article was originally published on 2016-01-04