Guest post by Liping Sun
Software resources used in an enterprise environment change constantly so it’s important to gain visibility into software assets and license compliance. Today, we are rolling out Software Asset Management (SAM), a new micro-service that brings you an intelligent and efficient way to better understand the relationship between software installed in your enterprise and the contracts you hold for this software. This enables a new level of control and visibility into costs associated with managing on-premises and SaaS products.
What is SAM
Software Asset Management, as its name tells, is a tool designed to manage the sprawling software assets throughout their lifecycles within an organization.
Purchasing software licenses is a necessary expense for every business, but costs can quickly get out of control if software assets are not managed efficiently. By automatically discovering your software assets and then analyzing license consumption, SAM provides you with accurate data that can show information such as how many licenses are unused or how many additional licenses may be needed to maintain compliance. With this information, you can take action to optimize your license allocation and software deployment. This not only reduces unnecessary investment, but also mitigates and potentially eliminates compliance risks (which, of course, could save you even more money).
What’s new in SAM 2019.11
As the first official release, SAM 2019.11 is integrated with and available as a module in Service Management Automation X (SMAX). SAM supports the most popular out-of-the-box license rules (Windows Server, SQL Server, Office 365, and Oracle Database with Options and Management Packs), and allows you to view and analyze the license compliance status of the deployed software. For documentation, see the Release Notes of SMAX 2019.11.
How SAM calculates license compliance
When calculating license consumption, SAM needs to reference a proper license rule for the product and prepare the calculation context to generate a compliance result for each physical or virtual device. Currently, SAM provides OOTB license rules for key publishers such as Oracle and Microsoft, with more publishers coming soon. You can also create your own license rules.
To get the calculation context ready, SAM needs to retrieve data for software and hardware as well as data for licenses. The software and hardware data is retrieved from Configuration Management System (CMS) leveraging the comprehensive discovery capabilities of Universal Discovery, and the license data is obtained directly from SMAX, both in real time. This means each compliance result is calculated based on data that is up-to-date. Finally, SAM aggregates all the calculation results to create a company-level compliance report. You can view the compliance reports on the dashboards of SAM Home. For details, see SAM documentation.
- Take control of your software assets.
- Gain actionable insight regarding future purchases.
- Maintain and possibly reduce costs in software purchases.
- Mitigate compliance risks and prevent under-licensing.
Are you still struggling with IT asset management? Try our SAM service to right-size your software landscape!
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