Gartner Research

Improve ITAM Controls Now or Face Unbudgeted Costs

Published: 09 August 2013

ID: G00249100

Analyst(s): Stewart Buchanan

Summary

As cloud, analytics, social and mobile forces transform the enterprise, IT asset management controls must catch up with them to cut waste and unbudgeted spending. Prevention is better than cure — so prevent unnecessary costs before they become due.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Cloud and mobile device access breaks the one-to-one relationship between an installed copy and a software license, so counting installations doesn't prove license compliance
  • Social collaboration with other organizations and sharing analyzed data can have significant licensing cost implications that get missed by basic inventory checks
  • Demand for business-enabling IT is greater than IT budgets, so traditional IT cost management controls risk being bypassed

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