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Effective Licence Management Discussed At SIRB Conference

The Federation Against Software Theft : 30 April, 2010  (Company News)
FAST IiS hails success of recent conference held to discuss software asset management, compliance and the effective management of software licences
Following the success of the inaugural event in 2009, the second UK software Management and Licensing Conference took place on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at Reading's Madejski Stadium. This annual one-day event was organised by the Software Industry Research Board (SIRB), to bring together industry leaders from the Software community to share their knowledge on effective licence management processes, policies and procedures with end user organisations.

More than 140 delegates from all sectors of UK private and public sector organisations attended to hear leading software publishers, tools vendors, Software Asset Management (SAM) practitioners and end users give best practice advice for organisations seeking to make cost savings and decrease their compliance risks.

The SIRB white paper 'UK Software Asset Management Maturity' was released at the conference. The paper is a result of the SIRB's annual research project which is conducted by IDC.

Alex Hilton, Chairman of the SIRB and Vice President at FrontRange Solutions, said: "The event highlighted the critical steps for UK businesses to create a successful SAM strategy, something our IDC research commissioned this year showed was yet to be successfully implemented in the UK. In today's economy, business leaders cannot afford to be unaware of the cost and risk resulting from ineffective software asset management. When software licences are not managed properly, it represents a significant overhead in procurement and ongoing management for UK businesses. As our research also revealed, the opportunity is there for many UK businesses to make considerable cost savings while also improving control."

The conference aimed to assist executives responsible for the commercial and operational management of software licences, and to understand the benefits of effective software management processes. The SIRB's mandate is to provide education and guidance to UK organisations on software licensing and management. It champions best practice and is committed to improving the understanding of licensing practices and attitudes towards commercial software management.

Alex added: "A key area that organisations simply have to address is licence re-use when users leave or the organisation reorganises. Instead they are spending money on new licences which they'd realise they do not need if they had the tools and solutions in place to view and monitor their software estate."

John Lovelock, Chief Executive of SIRB founder organisation FAST IiS commented: "The attendance at the conference was phenomenal and the feedback has been very positive. The SIRB helps organisations identify effective software asset management tools and learn from organisations that are effectively overcoming SAM challenges. In the current economy our independently commissioned research demonstrates that organisations which do not consider SAM are simply wasting resources and risking vendor software audits. The message is clear - "know what you have and understand what your current software licence agreements entitle you to."

Following on from the conference the SIRB will be running a series of software licence management educational activities including roundtable events. Over the coming months the SIRB will release two executive briefs which will be based on derivatives of the IDC research.
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