IT asset management (ITAM) and software asset management (SAM) in particular are increasingly considered as one of the most important management disciplines in uncertain times:
Work-in-progress by US government agencies has identified that the top two priorities for preventing security incidents – as actually experienced, not in theory – are having accurate inventories of authorised hardware and software. (See Consensus Audit Guidelines on the website of the SANS Institute).
ITAM and SAM are increasingly being recognised as key enablers for cost savings. Beside a limited number of other key approaches such as virtualisation, focus on ITAM and SAM is being considered as one of the key ways to survive the recession.
Software vendors are more and more dealing with uncertain times by increasing the number of license compliance audits. Repeated vendor audits are now to be expected as the rule rather than the exception.