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Tiered SAM Certification Supported by FAST IiS

FAST Corporate Services : 22 October, 2010  (Company News)
Specialists in software asset management provides trials of tiered scheme to enable companies to demonstrate software asset management procedures
Industry-wide Certification for Software Asset Management (SAM) has taken a major step forward with a new Tiered Scheme backed by industry body, FAST IiS.

Fully aligned with the ISO/IEC standard, organisations can now trial the 19770 Tiered SAM Scheme to show they are performing software asset management to a standard satisfying the essentials of corporate governance.

TSS trials focus on trustworthy data, the starting point for optimal use of software and licence assets, and for driving savings through IT service management. In particular, with 19770 Tier 1, an organisation can now achieve best-in-class by targeting a few vital process areas, including inventory management, verification and license compliance reconciliation.

According to research commissioned by the Software Industry Research Board and conducted by IDC - UK Software Asset Management Maturity - of those organisations that had implemented some level of a SAM programme 41% felt that it was saving them money, 55% believed it was revenue neutral while only 2% felt it was actually costing them money.

John Lovelock, Chief Executive of The Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software (FAST IiS) added: "Corporate UK is yet to fully realise the significant benefits that can be achieved through tools and process implementation for an effective SAM solution, such as reduced compliance risks, controlling software costs and reduced labour costs to manage software,"

"Both cost and risk can be reduced by implementing the right processes. Companies cannot financially afford to continue to over-purchase software licenses in this climate and legally cannot risk under-purchasing. These have to be the most compelling arguments for adopting effective SAM policies in the current market," he continued.

Organisations taking advantage of trials with TSS can get on-course for ISO SAM and will be able to get started quickly, evaluate and show progress with repeatable licensing compliance processes. TSS provides insights into gaps and helps set achievable SAM objectives.

"Until now SAM has been missing a piece: an endorsed route to lasting improvement and standardised results" adds Dave Phillips of SAMleaders.

"The established ISO/IEC 19770-1 SAM Standard is evolving to offer more accessible tiers so FAST IiS endorsement is very timely. With the next generation 19770-1 approach from the ISO/IEC standards committee, organisations can now readily evaluate and demonstrate the high-priority processes: just the parts of SAM recognised for Tier 1 attainment of the ISO SAM standard. CFOs and Exec-sponsors of SAM will warm to industry endorsement of one assessment scheme for certification, aligned with 19770-1 tiers. Together this answers industry demands for recognising reliable and repeatable Trustworthy Data on software and related IT assets."

TSS offers further trials of the scheme organised in collaboration with itSMF International. The tiered approach has also won support from wider SAM industry organisations, including IAITAM and the BSA.

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