Nowadays,commercial software is indispensable to every organization. Thanks to software, your business is more efficient and your workers are more productive.
In order to get the most out of your software, you have to manage it well. Good Software Asset Management can reduce information technology (IT) costs and limit legal risk related to the ownership and use of software, while maximizing IT responsiveness and end-user productivity. Customers that implement SAM practices see many benefits, including:
Reduce software and support costs by negotiating volume contract agreements and eliminating or reallocating underutilized software licenses
Enforce compliance with corporate security policies and desktop standards
Minimize liabilities associated with software piracy in the event of an audit by a software vendor or a third party such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
Limit overhead associated with managing and supporting software by streamlining and/or automating IT processes (such as inventory tracking, software deployment, issue tracking, and patch management)
Improve user productivity, simplified IT management, and faster help desk processes through standardization of applications and platforms
Below are some tips to ensure legal use of software:
Buy software from reputable dealers. Beware of prices that seem too good to be true– they probably are.
Make sure you get licenses for all the software you buy. Generally you need a license for each copy of software.
Licensing agreements are different for every software publisher. Make sure your dealer explains them in detail.
Retain original disks, CDs and the documentation that comes with them.