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Critical Capabilities for Software Asset Management Managed Services

Published: 02 August 2022


Software asset management requires specific skills, processes, technologies and governance, which organizations often lack. This research will help sourcing, procurement and vendor management leaders source managed services to manage software and cloud assets for specific purposes.

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Key Findings
  • SaaS management, cloud license management and financial operations (FinOps) are taking center stage in the market for software asset management (SAM) managed services. Providers no longer offer only basic software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cost-monitoring services, but are adding optimization, rightsizing, and governance of cloud infrastructure and platform services (CIPS).

  • Increasing environment complexity is driving demand for SAM managed services providers with the expertise and extended proprietary automation to augment SAM tools with, for example, the ability to ingest contractual detail and procurement data, optimization scenarios and extended

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  • Anglepoint
  • Bytes
  • Crayon
  • Deloitte
  • Insight
  • ITAM solutions
  • KPMG
  • Livingstone Group
  • SHI
  • Softline Group
  • SoftwareONE
  • SAM Policy and Process Services
  • Trustworthy Estate Representation
  • Managed Entitlement and Use Rights
  • FinOps and Cloud License Management
  • License Optimization and Governance
  • Integrated SAM Life Cycle Delivery
  • Complete Software and Cloud SAM Services
  • Hybrid Software and Cloud SAM Services
  • Scheduled Software and Cloud SAM Services

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Critical Capabilities: A deeper look into provider offerings

How does a Critical Capabilities report work?

As a companion to the Magic Quadrant™, a Critical Capabilities report scores competing products and services against a set of meaningful differentiators. It reveals which options are the best fit in various use cases to help you focus on the vendors best suited to your needs.

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We analyze contract terms and conditions to protect you against future price increases and unanticipated costs.

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