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There is a significant resurgence of interest in IT asset management tools. Just talk to your Gartner analyst and you will learn the volume of inquiries is dramatically increasing. With the rise of Shadow IT, the continual need to transform IT platforms, and the heightened exposure to unpredictable software license expenses caused by cloud and virtualization, the demand for more proactive management of hardware and software assets and costs is growing across the enterprise. To help address … [Read more...]
Historically, many Software Asset Management projects have failed to deliver value, in large part because they are reactionary in nature. That is, an audit has just been completed and the "we never want to go through that again" attitude develops. Or, notice of an audit has been received and vendor management is looking for data to support a renewal negotiation, and IT is pressed for information to support the process. The problem is two-fold. This hasn't been IT's most pressing problem and … [Read more...]
In Part 1, I talked about Shadow IT SaaS usage being an epidemic that is overwhelming to IT departments where 80% of budgets are still spent on maintaining the existing infrastructure. The idea of efficiency and control as a road to cost management is virtually impossible when so much is in the "shadows." In addition, the proliferation of silos increases cost and introduces both security and governance risk. These silos of SaaS are proliferating based on LOB usage that totally masks their … [Read more...]
Scalable and Asset Vision®, the Hot SaaS SAM solution, will again be at the Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit in Dallas November 2nd thru the 4th. If you have registered, be sure to come by and collect your bottle of fiery Austin, Texas hot sauce and see how Asset Vision can address SAM in the Cloud era. In this new world of the cloud, capturing, assessing and managing software assets is becoming more and more difficult. IT Asset Management in the cloud era … [Read more...]
More organizations are adopting SaaS applications, and at first glance it seems Software Asset Management should be greatly simplified with SaaS. After all, many SaaS application agreements have some element of seat-based per-user pricing, which means it should be easy to identify users and easy to prevent subscription cost over runs. But our customers are saying something quite different. SaaS continues to present some unique challenges for Software Asset Management, and these challenges … [Read more...]