Resulting from organizations’ increased dependence on their IT departments, adequate software management becomes very important. Organizations often underestimate the management, control and protection of their software and treat it as a ‘nice-to-have’. Yet, the adequate integration of SAM in business operations translates to effective avoidance of non-compliant software usage and can significantly cut both time and cost.
SAM originates from the complexity and knowledge that accompanies the management and optimization of software within organizations today. The challenge is enhanced by constantly changing licensing conditions. So ensuring a coherence between the usage of software and the licensing conditions at hand, remains a challenge that will continue to require attention. Potential mergers or acquisitions can add to this complexity, in which case an overview of the management, control and protection of software quickly goes amiss without effective integration of SAM.
KPMG’s software life cycle model covers all stages that software goes through within an organization. It helps to ensure that the right software is made available at the right moment, to the right people and locations in the organization. Additionally, the software must comply with the desired quality standards and be sufficiently covered by licensing agreements.
Within each stage of the software life cycle, three pillars (people, process and technology) are required to help ensure a successful implementation of SAM :
Our team applies the model below to assess the maturity of SAM.
The Software Asset Management Quick Scan is an interactive scan that consists of the following steps:
The Software Asset Management Quick Scan provides you with a first indication of the infrastructure, processes and responsibilities regarding the management, control and protection of the software assets within your organization. We provide a quick overview on the maturity of your organization regarding SAM and on the difference between the current and the desired state of SAM.
A well-functioning SAM prevents non-compliance regarding software licensing agreements, provides various cost and efficiency advantages and may minimize the risks associated with the usage of software (e.g. security issues as a result of the usage of old or poorly managed software).
The KPMG Software Asset Management scan can be executed within a short period and offers you a solid foundation on which you can build your SAM.
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