The government plans to save billions of pounds through the more efficient use of IT have been seen as an opportunity to put software asset management into practice.
The pledges made by the Labour party to make savings of £3.2bn annually from 2013 are clearly going to involve sweating assets and cutting spending but it should include using existing technology to work smarter.
"The government cannot financially afford to continue to over-purchase software licences in this climate and legally cannot risk under purchasing," said John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST IiS (pictured).
"These have to be the most compelling arguments for adopting effective software management policies in the current market," he added.
He said that where SAM could really produce results was when the government ICT systems were linked together.
"Critically for the first time, the plan also intends to bring together all Government departments, local government and wider public sector organisations to remove unnecessary overlaps between departments and avoid the costly duplication of IT," he added.
Against a backdrop of increased audits and the Business Software Alliance making out of court settlements the focus on SAM has been slightly overshadowed by the fear of breaking the law.
But those in the channel that specialise in SAM have told MicroScope on numerous occasions that there needs to be a carrot as well as a stick so government adoption of asset management would raise the profile.