If your company is considering utilizing the Cloud, especially Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) then you really need to consider the software licensing aspects. License compliance is considerably more complicate for Iaas then it is for traditional data centers and workstations. Failing to do so can be very expensive after the fact. Here’s a really helpful article on the topic of SAM and Cloud computingwritten by Jason Keogh.
Dana has been working in the IT industry for over 15 years, mostly with Microsoft System Center CM2007/SMS and recently with Software Asset Management (SAM) technologies and processes. Dana got his start with technical writing by submitting Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0/2003 articles to Swynk.com back in 2000. He continued that effort with myITforum. Dana also published two SMS books entitled Distributing Software with Systems Management Server 2003 and The Start to Finish Guide to SMS Software Delivery.