Our Software Asset Management support services help you:
- Maintain an accurate inventory of authorised software. Knowing what is allowed makes it easier to identify and remove unauthorised software installations quickly.
- Ensure that all your software is correctly licensed. Avoid unnecessary purchasing of software licences by limiting usage based on job roles. Reconcile software purchases with software usage.
- Maintain control over who can install software packages. Avoid ad hoc software installations and proliferation within the business to reduce licence exposure and cyber threats.
- Ensure that authorised software is up to date and supported by vendors. Reduce exploitable software vulnerabilities.
- Segregate business-critical software from other lower priority systems. Avoid less important systems from impacting on the business.
- Keep control of software support costs. Accurate information about software usage contributes to avoiding excessively priced support contracts.
- Choose the right product to fit your business environment. Ensure the solution works with existing platforms and operating systems, and the software works out of the box, or with minimum configuration.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation, initial consultation.
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