In two recent blog posts I’ve covered available licensing programs and what happens if you get audited by the Business Software Alliance. In this blog post I’m going to talk about keeping track of your software licensing through Software Asset Management and a basic overview of how the process work.
Software Asset Management (SAM) is the process of optimising the purchasing, management and recognition of software licenses. Software tools are available to assist with the process, which can be broken down into five or six categories:
- Inventory tools to identify what software is deployed across a network
- Management tools to manage license agreements and reconcile usage rights against data returned from inventory tools
- Metering tools to identify how frequently software is used, to allow you to remove software from computers where it is not used
- Policy tools to restrict installation of software can be installed, or who can use it
- Deployment and Patch management are usually part of the same system, and provide facilities to deploy new software packages and update already deployed software