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U.S. Federal Agencies Must Act Quickly or Risk Missing Mandated SAM Implementation Deadlines

Published: 07 November 2016

ID: G00315214

Analyst(s): Katell Thielemann , Stephen White , Victoria Barber, April Adams


2015/2016 legislation and OMB memos require U.S. federal agencies to implement or improve software asset management practices. Chief acquisition officers and IT sourcing and vendor management leaders must collaborate with stakeholders to implement SAM policies and practices to meet the schedules.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The OMB software category management policy memo sets out aggressive time frames that CIOs, CAOs and IT asset managers will be challenged to meet, with three key deadlines to be achieved by the end of November 2016
    • Ownership Versus Governance
  • Overall success in meeting the new software investment policy and legislative requirements (OMB memos, MEGABYTE Act and FITARA) is likely to be hampered by the current limited state of SAM capability, lack of experienced SAM personnel and organizational immaturity
  • CIOs and CAOs who are seeking to implement effective SAM policies and practices in support of software license agreement evaluation and negotiation, and who attempt to meet the OMB and legislative mandates by simply implementing SAM tools without fully considering governance and process, are likely to fail
    • SAM Service Providers as a Viable Option to Comply With the OMB Directive

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