Gartner Research

How to Draft an Effective Software Asset Management Policy

Published: 26 May 2015

ID: G00277395

Analyst(s): Victoria Barber


As demand for effective software asset management increases, the need for a structured approach to governance is becoming more urgent. This research provides a framework for software asset managers to develop and implement SAM policy within their organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Create a Policy Framework With a Clear Structure That Focuses on Business Outcomes
  • Review Existing Policies to See Whether There Is a SAM Policy, Where Else SAM Is Covered Explicitly or Implicitly, or Where It Is Supported
  • Structure the Policy to Show the Required Outcomes and Underlying Principles, But Avoid Excessive Detail
  • Ensure That the Published Policy Is Approved and Signed by the CEO or Equivalent to Avoid Its Authority Being Disputed

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