Gartner Research

Software Asset Management Is Now a C-Level Imperative

Published: 03 March 2016

ID: G00298384

Analyst(s): Dawn Hubbard , Stephen White , Victoria Barber , Hank Marquis

Summary

Software asset management is now an issue for C-level leaders. SAM has evolved into a discipline that supports strategic business development, requiring IT leaders to engage C-level commitment to SAM investment.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Digital businesses cannot function without software, which is forcing IT leaders to deliver better process and cost transparency to improve IT services, license compliance and alignment with business objectives
  • Vendor-driven subscription licensing requires IT leaders to ensure that software asset management (SAM) is capable of managing hybrid solutions and traditional licensing scenarios in tandem
  • The move to the cloud demands more detailed SAM data analysis so IT leaders can help contain costs
  • The increased complexity and volume of software user environments are leading IT leaders to broaden the scope of SAM and implement it as a governance function to enable IT to manage the full software life cycle effectively

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