Before you invest in a SAM tool, you need to define exactly what you’re struggling with and find an application that excels at solving that exact challenge.
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A solid tool set is an essential foundation for good Software Asset Management (SAM). But there are so many available options out there. Where do you start?
Start with figuring out your biggest roadblock to successful SAM. Then, focus on finding a tool that excels at solving that particular challenge.
The first step to deciding on a specific SAM tool is asking yourself: What are you struggling with the most?
The second step is figuring out what type of tool you need to solve said problem. There are lots of tools out there, most with a variety of features designed to solve a variety of challenges. It’s important to choose the tool that excels at solving your biggest problem. Everything else is extra.
A word of warning: Beware the “silver bullet” tool that claims to do it all. No one tool can do everything. And it certainly can’t fully automate the SAM process in its entirety.
Plus, tools are just one part of your greater SAM practice. A solid strategy involves a well thought out combination of the right tools, people and processes.