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VIDEO: What is Software Asset Management?

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

The IT Asset Manager is the unsung hero in Enterprise Computing; it's the one role in IT with the responsibility of literally tracking and managing bits of information about the software that organizations use and depend on.  If the usage of software is mismanaged or ignored, negligence can lead to improperly licensed software in the inventory and possibly, a violation of an end-user license agreement (EULA).  

Whether it's a small, medium or large operation, companies need software and somebody to track its purchase, distribution and licenses.  Whether there's a dedicated full- or part-time asset manager, IT management should consider having someone manage the company's software inventory and licenses to keep a business's assets compliant and in control.

In the this video, our resident ITAM expert, Anne Watson, covers the basics of software asset management (SAM) and one of its major subsets, software license management (SLM), by answering the following questions:

  • What is the "SAM Problem" that creates the necessity for software asset management and license management?
  • What is SAM? What is SLM? How do they differ and how do they work together?
  • How important is SAM/SLM?
  • What are the goals that SAM/SLM achieve when deployed correctly?

What is Software Asset Management


Julio Urquidi is the Technical Editor at Tom's IT Pro. Previously, he spent 17 years in healthcare-related enterprise IT. Julio’s most recent responsibilities centered around virtualization, but he is also well-versed in Linux, Windows and systems administration. Specializing in articles that help small companies with limited budgets leverage technology, he has been a contributing editor to Tom's Hardware.

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