IT Asset Management (ITAM) Professionals are using Microsoft SAM to monitor their MSFT software costs. SAM is revealing software cost increases as enterprise cloud consumption increases. ITAM pros have identified, via SAM, that as MS cloud service consumption rises, so too do support and Enterprise Agreements (EA) costs.
Microsoft SAM or Software Asset Management pros have the ability to cut costs now thru 2025 by replacing MSFT Premier (Unified) support with US Cloud. Most organizations are saving 30-60% freeing up IT budget to drive innovation forward.
What is Microsoft SAM?
Software Asset Management (SAM) for Microsoft environments is a set of proven IT practices that unite people, processes, and technology to control and optimize the use of software across an organization. SAM can help you control costs as well as manage business and legal risks, optimize software licensing investments, and align your IT investments with business needs.
Microsoft SAM Saves IT Budget
Microsoft SAM provides critical insights into the number of MSFT devices and applications deployed, along with their location and warranty status, which can significantly reduce unnecessary MS product costs. As a budgetary tool, Microsoft SAM identifies discrepancies between software licenses owned and deployed and ensures companies are investing wisely and not paying for Microsoft licenses they aren’t using.
Microsoft SAM Defends Against Cybersecurity Threats
Companies are spending millions of dollars in malware protection, firewall solutions, and security consulting. Yet even with these expensive measures, most are unaware of their greatest vulnerabilities: unsupported or unapproved MSFT software, abandoned Active Directory IDs, poor Windows password protection, or the unmanaged Windows Server under an IT analyst’s desk.
MS SAM helps organizations identify and counter potential threats by ensuring that end-of-life Microsoft products get decommissioned and that product updates and security patches are applied in a timely manner.
In fact, Microsoft SAM is helping organizations all over the world achieve more with their IT resources. With more than 7,000 employees, Carlsberg Group was expanding and needed to find ways to optimize its IT infrastructure. SAM positioned the company to build an IT roadmap and implement a reliable and scalable solution that has reduced security risks and streamlined operations, yielding an annual cost savings of $100,000.
Microsoft SAM Cuts Support Cost in Half
IT Asset Management (ITAM) professionals are using their MSFT SAM to reveal significant cost increases in the new Microsoft Unified Support model. As an organization’s Microsoft cloud services consumption increases so too do the companies EA and support costs. In most cases, these cost increases are in the 30-60% range. MS SAM is showing that the Microsoft software cost per user (MSCPU) is rising fast as companies transition to the cloud.
In an effort to reduce their MSFT software cost per user, many companies are replacing their Microsoft Premier (Unified) Support with US Cloud. The support cost savings is helping technology leaders justify their transition to cloud and free up IT budget dollars for more strategic projects.
MICROSOFT SAM WINS
Improve financial security
The complexities of managing software assets across an organization make controlling costs a big challenge and can leave you feeling financially vulnerable. Implementing a solid SAM plan controls your costs with standardization throughout the software life cycle. You can thereby secure the information needed to choose the most cost-effective licensing programs, provide better IT forecasting for budgeting, and receive tax benefits associated with software depreciation.
Volume discounts for better price points
SAM can help you save when purchasing your licenses, improve relations with your software resellers, and give you an advantage in future negotiations. These benefits and others are possible because a fully implemented SAM plan gives you a better understanding of what types of licenses—and how many—your organization has purchased and deployed, and what you are using and therefore need. Should you buy on a per-PC basis, or could you save money through volume licensing? Your SAM plan will provide you with the insights to help you make efficient and effective decisions for the unique needs of your organization.
More liability control
A good SAM plan helps you avoid financial penalties and legal costs by ensuring that your licenses are compliant, and helps prevent any potential damage to your reputation that could arise from a lawsuit. SAM can also help you achieve compliance with government regulations that require strict standards of IT governance and controls.
Your entire organization runs better with SAM. Initially, by providing better automation and standardizing processes to help reduce complexity, SAM optimizes your software and IT resources and lets you focus on running your business. You also have added peace of mind by ensuring your software is genuine and compliant. This provides an extra layer of security and efficiency for your IT systems and overall business.
Flexibility for the future
SAM provides better insight into your future software needs and provides a scalable foundation for growth. Instead of buying all the newest software and updates available, you’ll be able to decide exactly what software is needed and when you’ll need it. With SAM, you can plan for your future needs now.