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Action Plan for Software Asset Managers

13 March 2014

Action Plan for Software Asset Managers


By Trevor Anderson

We have recently seen an increase in the number of organisations being approached by software vendors requesting a ‘software compliance review (audit). Faced with this prospect can be challenges and finding where to start is the first milestone in any SAM Plan.

So we’ve developed a ‘Plan of Action’ to help you prepare before it’s too late, reducing the disruption on your normal role and helping to put you in the driving seat should a vendor come knocking.

Monday Morning:

- Review key contracts to ensure audit rights are captured in SAM databases.

- Brief key stakeholders.

Next 90 Days:

- Develop policy and processes.

- Carry out risk analysis to identify vendors most likely to audit.

Next 12 Months:

- Develop standard templates for managing audits.

- Review compliance status for key vendors when renewing or negotiating new deals.