SAMMS improves the ability of your organization to plan, manage and optimize your software licenses and entitlements. With it, you gain a wide range of additional benefits.
Keeping track of software licenses and entitlements across your entire company can be problematic, leading to over-licensing, unnecessary infrastructure, over-utilization and subsequent cost increases.
SAMMS removes this uncertainty, allowing you to achieve cost efficiency by aligning your software inventory to your current and future business needs. What’s more, increased understanding gives you the upper hand in contract re-negotiations and lets you take advantage of rebates and volume discounts when purchasing software.
And if you want to change software vendors – to take advantage of price variations, for example – having an exact knowledge of your portfolio dramatically speeds up the process and removes the risk of costly purchasing mistakes.
If your business has large volumes of varying software licenses utilized across thousands of devices, keeping track of your portfolio is bound to be a complex, labor-intensive effort. On top of that, decentralized software management can reduce digital security, as well as making it more difficult for employees to access the software they need to excel.
With managed SAM services, all software assets can be standardized, viewed, analyzed and allotted quickly and easily. BearingPoint’s tailored, self-service report-making tool conducts the time-consuming computation in order to free up time for your staff to manage, analyze, report and act on your software licenses – a much more efficient and valuable use of their time.
Corporate governance is also bolstered, thanks to streamlined asset management, improved identification of compliance risks and the assistance of SAM services in developing more detailed growth and IT strategies. And as the prevalence of unlicensed software within a company decreases and is eliminated using SAMMS over time, software planning and budgeting will become more precise.
When it comes to receiving a software license audit, the question is not if, but when. Software companies have both the right and incentive to conduct audits of their customers, and if your business fails to recognize the risks or is complacent about non-compliance, you could be hit by significant fines, as well as see your vendor relationships suffer.
One-off SAM consulting services and extended-period SAMMS provide excellent protection against software audits, reducing the risk to a minimum. By helping you use the right type and number of licenses, you can quickly and easily respond to audit requests, confident in the knowledge you’re fulfilling your contractual duties.
Avoiding penalties and providing information promptly helps build positive, long-term relationships with vendors, but the benefits aren’t just external. The collected, granular data can also be used by other business units such as IT Security, enriching decision-making and software planning bases for better, more accurate strategies.
SAMMS and individual SAM consulting services are hugely beneficial to businesses but require the right knowledge in order to be successfully implemented. BearingPoint’s approaches are designed from the ground up to provide the expertise your organization requires, forming all-encompassing solutions to every business’ SAM needs.