SAM ‘bottom of technology priorities’ for businesses, report claims

12 March 2010

The majority of businesses in the UK are failing to utilise software asset management technology to help them adhere to compliance legislation, a new report has claimed.

Findings from a study by the Software Industry Research Board (SIRB) revealed that 98.75 per cent of respondents did not view compliance as an objective informing SAM policies.

Over half of respondents stated that acquiring as the least number of software licences as possible was a software management priority.

Optimising licence use and setting and achieving organisational goals were also cited as key concerns by the 400 participants in the research.

Alex Hilton, chairman of the SIRB and director of Infrastructure Management at FrontRange Solutions, said: “Reduced compliance risks, controlling software costs and reduced labour costs in managing software must be seen by organisations large and small as an attractive proposition in today’s economic climate.

“But this research has highlighted one fact only - that SAM and SLM appear to be at the bottom of a long list of priorities.”

Further findings revealed that a lack of budget was the main barrier behind effective implementation of SAM for almost half of the survey respondents.

By Jim Ottewill

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