Some good points are raised in this software compliance webinar from BDNA and Forrester.
Evelyn Hubbert from Forrester explains the “We know what we have syndrome” – an explanation why SAM adoption is slow in some organisations.
Anyone who has tried to sell or evangelize SAM as a concept will be familiar with this head-in-sand attitude.
Who’s Got The Ball?
Evelyn also explains the importance of assigning accountability and responsibility in SAM systems via a RACI chart (Who is responsible? who is accountable? Who needs to be consulted? and who needs to be informed).
I think this is an important point when implementing SAM systems, I know it would certainly focus my mind if I knew I was accountable for software compliance risk in a company.
I also liked this quote from a BDNA customer:
“If you know the facts, you are in a position to save money”,
Mark Day, CTO, US Environmental Protection Agency.
About Martin Thompson
Martin is also author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management.
On a voluntary basis Martin a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
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