Who is SAM?

In my daily work I meet many customers and the other day I was asked “SAM, who is that?” As responsible for your companies’ software assets you are working daily with SAM questions, maybe without knowing it and perhaps making SAM too complicated.

SAM is all about why and how we manage and take care of our software and licenses, often complex questions to handle but also many basic tasks to perform.Read More »

Have you ever thought about the benefits of SAM as a Service?

Something I come across quite often when I meet customers is that they have purchased a tool for license management and begun to register licenses, but with no or very little knowledge of licensing rules, it has not been good data quality. A clear scenario, such as SQL Server, which over the years changed its licensing terms a few times and when the agreement has been renewed additional licenses has been granted duo to the new license form. No tool can handle such things automatically, it requires both intelligence and manual work to be administered properly.
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Is your organization managing software assets, or are software assets managing your organization?

In early summer 2016, COMPAREX conducted a survey about Software Asset Management to the major Finnish organizations. More than a hundred organizations were called through. The people who answered the survey were mostly IT or Finance Managers. Interestingly, Finance Managers were not so interested in license management than IT Managers. Through effective and optimized license management cost savings can be made by optimizing software assets to be compliant to the organization’s needs. Based on this point, it should be obvious that the Finance Managers should pay attention to license management. After all, organizations usually are constantly seeking cost savings.

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Software Asset Management – is it worth the time and the money?

During recent years I have had a number of discussions with IT specialists and CIOs, about how to approach Software Asset Management.
From some of a customer relationship has been created and it is typical that this relationship has many aspects of a partnership.
One thing that is for sure – there are no two customers that would be identical to one another and this is where choosing correct partner plays the key role!Read More »

IT as value add

Is IT just a burden? During the summer I met and hanged out with a lot of friends and during one of those hangouts we came to discuss work, great fun right…

My friend told me that he had a meeting with a customer and their discussion was all about lower the cost:
– I got pressure from above to lower the cost of IT, come on give me a good deal!
My friend thought for a while and then he said:
– We need to change this, IT needs to be recognize for the value it adds to the company.
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Getting in trouble in the jungle of licenses

Have you ever thought about the fact that, almost without exceptions, organizations have far more money in their licenses than in hardware? Despite this fact, software assets are not carefully being taken care of in organizations. As the IT environment is changing rapidly, data amounts are increasing and cloud services becoming more and more popular, license management has become no doubt more challenging.

Software Asset Management is particularly challenging in server environment. Usually organizations are unfamiliar with the license terms, and license terms that are constantly changing won´t make it much easier. In addition to the correct tools, license management requires knowledge and experience.

I claim that especially larger organizations take a needless risk and lose a lot of money if they try to manage their licenses by themselves. Furthermore, it’s not very sensible when thinking about business development. The bigger the organization, the bigger the risks.Read More »


How to clean up the software portfolio

My son is in preschool and he just started having homework. One day at school, the kids were told to draw their highest wishes. Clever as he is, my son drew the following:
1. LEGO – this is always his highest wish. Even though, he has tons of it already…
2. A Nerf gun.
3. A robot. But he didn’t wish for just any robot – this one should be the kind of robot that will make his homework and make sure that his room is cleaned up, so he can do the things he really like doing.

What is on top of your IT wish list?
To be honest, I don’t know why my son put the robot in third place on his wish list. I would want to have that robot in the first position on my own wish list. Imagine that you could have a robot that could make your work easier. Maybe it could help clean up your IT environment or all of your software licenses?

At COMPAREX, we don’t have any robots. However, we have worked for 30 years to recognize and categorize software. This is a service we call COMPAREX SAM2GO Profiler, and it has a software recognition at 99,9%. It can even recognize proprietary software, once it has been encountered. Moreover, the number of categories is as high as 134.Read More »