Software Asset Management and licensing advisory

Reducing costs, mitigating risk, gaining control  

The role of Information Technology (IT) in many organisations has become increasingly strategic and complex. Software alone is one of IT’s largest and most complicated growing expenses. A significant percentage of this budget is often spent on unused service and support costs, turning software licensing in particular into a risk that needs to be addressed. Vendor audits further increase the stakes, resulting in unexpected budget increases to comply with the audit request and expenditures to buy missing licences.

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Software Asset Management challenges

Managing software assets can be challenging for any organisation. Multiple stakeholders are involved in the purchase, installation, deployment, maintenance, utilisation and disposal of software. The technologies involved are complex and constantly changing and licence agreements are increasingly complicated and multi-layered. A tailored and sustainable SAM program addresses the three main challenges:
* Ensuring compliance
* Reducing software and licensing costs
* Reducing complexity
In many cases an organisation’s lack of skilled personnel, resources and budget to implement a complex SAM program, may lead to companies relying solely on a SAM tool. But technology solutions alone are incomplete, falling short of sustainable management and leaving the organisation open to operational, financial and security risks.
Deloitte knows the ins and outs of SAM. We have developed a distinct methodology and SAM approach, perform regular licence baseline reviews and have implemented SAM programs for end-user organisations around the world. As a neutral third party, we provide a truly objective perspective on monitoring and governing software assets, helping companies obtain the accurate information they need to optimally license their IT landscape.
Our SAM services can help you reduce the total cost of software ownership while enabling compliance to licence terms. Additionally, SAM can also enhance service delivery, strengthen security, improve supplier relationships and reduce the overall cost of IT governance.



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Elissa Hilliard

Elissa Hilliard

Partner, Risk Advisory

Elissa focuses on contract advisory services to clients so that they understand their existing contractual obligations from a commercial perspective. Using a holistic approach, Elissa specialises in c... More