Itasca, IL - Dec 6, 2016 - When software is the lifeblood of every enterprise – CIOs must understand whether they are buying too much software, legally using the applications they have, and adequately securing them from exploit by malicious hackers. While Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions are being widely adopted by enterprises to help – according to a new survey report published by Flexera Software, security risks and massive enterprise shifts to the cloud are transforming the definition of SAM – and by extension, how SAM solutions must evolve to stay relevant.
“The definition of enterprise software has changed drastically – from an IT asset running on a local physical device – to an asset that is exposed to the risks inherent in the Internet, and is often virtualized or running remotely from a cloud – leveraging cloud infrastructures that carry their own costs and risks,” said R “Ray" Wang, Principal Analyst and Founder at Constellation Research. “The old definitions of SAM are too limited and must expand to allow businesses to manage costs and risk in this new IT framework.”
The report reveals that enterprises are now largely running a mix of on-premises, virtualized and cloud based applications – rendering obsolete, last-generation SAM technology incapable of managing cost and risk across complex desktop, datacenter and cloud environments. Specific survey findings from the report include:
“In the old days SAM solutions specialized in optimizing spend of desktop applications, but today software can run anywhere – such as in the datacenter, on intelligent devices or on hybrid clouds. In addition, applications add to corporate risk such as when software vulnerabilities are exploited by hackers. This forces a rethinking of what Software Asset Management should encompass,” said Tom Canning, Flexera Software’s Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and Strategy. “SAM tools must evolve to provide automation to minimize enterprise cost and risk regardless of the environments in which software runs. SAM providers that have not kept up will be left behind – and many are not keeping up.”
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