Webcast poll results are in – Should you be worried?
Rick Mayo 2700018US0 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  management endpoint license asset software
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I wanted to share some interesting Webcast poll results with you on software audits and readiness. On Monday March 18 we conducted a Webcast on Software Asset Management with Frost & Sullivan and Deloitte. The focus was on the benefits of a comprehensive asset management strategy. Two of the survey questions dealt with audits and the maturity level of their SAM program. It was interesting to see how many of the respondents were audited versus their level of maturity. Here are the questions and responses:
Has your company been audited by one or more software
So it seems 70% of the respondents have been or soon will be audited and 29% have been audited two or more times in the last 2 years. This would account for the 170+ attendees on the call. So one would assume these same people would be actively managing their software assets and be prepared for the next audit. Then we asked about their level of maturity.
What is the maturity level of your SAM program?
It’s interesting that even with the high percentage of companies being audited, 31% still had no real focus on SAM. It would appear these companies just deal with the audits as best they can with spreadsheets and manually collecting data when needed. Then there is the group in the middle, the 39% that are at least tracking their software assets so they know what they have. That leaves the remaining 30% that are actively managing or optimizing their software assets to gain efficiency.
In many companies the savings derived from SAM can actually make the investment self funding. As Deloitte discusses in the Webcast there can be hundreds of thousands of dollars and more in savings or cost avoidance by implementing a SAM program. The bottom line is that you need to be prepared for software audits, but don’t stop at audit readiness. By taking the next step to active and optimized software asses management you can optimize your software licenses and in many cases drive substantial cost savings. Listen to a replay of the Webcast for more information.