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How to mitigate business risk using SAM and SLM tools

Earl Follis and Ed Tittel | Dec. 19, 2013
Most companies understand the risks associated with disaster recovery and business continuity and plan accordingly. Few can say the same thing about the software they own -- or don't own, as the case may be. That's where software asset management and software license management tools can make a difference.

SAM, SLM Key to Mitigating Business Risk

A comprehensive SAM and SLM management strategy is key to minimizing business risks owing to software inventory and licensing issues. If you don't have SAM and SLM tools in place, getting software management tools deployed and operational should be your first priority.

If you already have SAM and SLM tools, this is a great time to conduct a functional review of your software assets and licensing efforts. You can also volunteer for a compliance audit of your company software management capabilities, just to make sure that everything is copasetic.

Keep your head out of the sand and actively manage your software installation and licenses in order to keep risk to a minimum. Sooner or later, the business risk associated with software management will have a detrimental financial effect on your company if you don't have a SAM and SLM risk mitigation strategy in place.


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