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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

3 basic tips to get your SAM program started

Implementing a successful SAM program can be difficult as there are many things that need to be considered but the benefits make it worth the effort. Here are my top three tips to get you started:

Before purchasing your SAM software

Before launching a Software Asset management program, ask yourself why you need a SAM program and how it would be used by setting some realistic goals. Once you have done this, you need to convince the staff who will be using then system that a SAM program is a good idea. This is important because if the staff using the system are not convinced by it then the SAM program is already on the back foot and more prone to failure.

Software tools

Good SAM programs will allow you to customise your system by adding additional tools which are capable of completing a specific task required by your company and a wide variety of tools exist such as License management and inventory tools. A good SAM consultant should be well aware of the various tools that are available and should be able to advise you on the tools that would complement your business and its SAM requirements rather than offering you tools that are going to make the day to day running of your business more tedious.

Analysis

Once the implementation of the system has ended, the analysis begins. You will need to continuously monitor your system against the goals set previously to ensure that the system is being utilised to it's full potential. in addition to this, training will need to be carried out to ensure that all staff are capable of using the system efficiently and as new staff are recruited, they tool will need to be trained therefore you will need to hold regular training sessions.

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