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 the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
He is also the 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. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.
Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).
When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.
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