So you are over the initial “shock and awe” of being offered the challenge of managing software in your organization. You find out what SAM is, learn about some of the process frameworks and implement tools to begin building permanent solution to the problem. Now, you are probably overwhelmed with the hundreds or thousands of software products that you find in your organization. What to do? Consider three rules to help keep you calm:
- You will never bring every software asset under your management. This is similar to accepting that software distributions with ConfigMgr will never reach a 100% completion rate. There are too many variables and the cost to attain 100% is too high. You can provide your organization with a reasonable amount of protection from litigation and impressive cost savings by focusing on a different metric to define success.
- Your work will never be finished. You’ve got a moving target. In large organizations some software assets are purchased, and some should be retired, on any given day.
- Focus on the 80/20 rule. Typically, 80% of the financial burden associated with compliance comes from 20% of the products installed in your organizations. So you need to “pick your battles”. If you have kids you know exactly what I’m talking about. Prioritize your approach based on some key factors that allow you to attain the goals of your initiative. For more information have a look at this great article in the ITAM Review.