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Augment Your Discovery Tools for Cloud Software Asset Management Right Now

Published: 09 February 2016

ID: G00292131

Analyst(s): Hank Marquis , Victoria Barber


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



  • 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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