Gartner Research

Augment Your Discovery Tools for Cloud Software Asset Management Right Now

Published: 09 February 2016

ID: G00292131

Analyst(s): Hank Marquis, Victoria Barber

Summary

Discovery tools are the foundation of SAM, but SaaS has no installation to discover. Understanding how evolving software delivery models render existing discovery tools obsolete helps I&O leaders responsible for SAM to remain compliant and avoid unplanned costs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Audit Existing Discovery Tools and Augment Where Required
    • Discovery Tools Acquired for Other Purposes Are of Little Use for SaaS
    • SaaS Forces Changes to Discovery Approaches for SAM
    • Recommended Actions
  • Drive Your SAM Strategy on License Consumption for SaaS
    • Plan for Consumption-Based Discovery
    • Recommended Actions
  • Monitor SAM Solutions at Least Annually to Keep Pace With Evolving Tool Capabilities
    • Recommended Actions

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