The threat of vendor software audits, which is increasing inthe downturn, is leading to an increase in interest in Software AssetManagement tools.
Earlier this week the Software Industry Research Board helda SAM event that offered both education for customers about the need tounderstand licensing as well as practical advice for implementing tools.
That event was well attended with Matt Fisher, director at FrontRange Solutions, telling MicroScope that there was a real appetite forinformation about how to reduced risk and stay on the right side of the law.
Adding to the evidence that this is going to be a strongyear for SAM comes reports from compliance specialist FAST Ltd that there hasbeen a noticeable increase in demand for asset management.
Phil Heap, head of consultancy services at FAST Ltd, saidthat one of the benefits of SAM was that it could expose over licensing andareas where companies could save money.
“Over the years, organisations have frittered away billionsof pounds because they have failed to manage their IT infrastructure effectively.In today’s economy this kind of wastage of inefficiency is no longeracceptable,” he said.
“The revenue implications for organisations if this is notmanaged effectively really are significant. In five most recent projects alone, weidentified £2 million worth of either over or under spend,” he added.