Software Asset Management (SAM) functions continue to grow in importance and scope. They can:
However, there is one challenge that can grow across all of these areas: complexity.
IT and license complexity come in many shapes and sizes. Modern technology infrastructure can be a world of multiple environments, spread across on-premise, hybrid, and cloud deployments. There can also be the issue of "shadow IT," which, according to Gartner studies, now accounts for between 30 to 40% of IT spending in large enterprises.
Arjan Karenbeld, senior director for Oracle Software Investment Advisory (SIA) in EMEA, was an Oracle customer before joining the company. That gives him a perspective on how complexity affects customers and creates a strategic need for the services Oracle SIA can provide.
“Things have been moving faster and faster; the time to market for customers is different now. They’ve gone from the stage of building things themselves to buying it off the shelf, to now taking it to the cloud. It’s very important as a customer that you know you have [...] the answers that you need to make informed decisions moving forward.”
One aspect of Oracle SIA's services is aimed at helping SAM teams enhance the level of control they have over their deployed assets.
Control is a key factor, especially in environments where any employee can purchase cloud services with a company credit card, circumnavigating official IT oversight. Managing this asset sprawl can be a major challenge, but at the same time SAM teams also need the detailed evidence for what this means in terms of business impact—from excessive costs to security exposures.
Oracle SIA supports SAM teams by offering: