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BCS Software Asset Management

The aims of Software Asset Management (SAM) are to reduce information technology (IT) costs and to limit business and legal risk related to the purchase, use and deployment of software, whilst maximising IT responsiveness and end-user productivity.

SAM is important for all organisations in regards to redistribution of licenses and managing legal risks associated with software ownership and expiration. SAM technologies should be deployed to track the complete software lifecycle thus allowing the company to function ethically and within software compliance regulations.

Whilst SAM's primary focus is rightly directed towards software and its effective management and use, the course also seeks to highlight how SAM can interface with Software Development, Information Security, Servicedesk, Business Continuity Management and Corporate Governance.

This can be important for both eliminating legal costs associated with license agreement violations and as part of a company's reputation management strategy. Both are important forms of risk management and are critical for a corporation’s long-term business strategies.


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Course Content

Holders of the BCS Certificate in Software Asset Management Essentials will be able to demonstrate their competence in, and their ability to:


  • Describe the objectives and major activities required to implement SAM within an organisation
  • Explain and use SAM techniques and processes
  • Be aware of the support tools and techniques available for the implementation of SAM and be able to indicate how possible improvements can be made
  • Manage software assets through the stages of their lifecycle
  • To understand the value of The Deming and ITIL CSI cycles to a SAM Programme
  • Understand and explain the interdependencies between SAM and other IT and Service Management processes
  • Make more efficient use of software licenses within an organisation and define, produce and analyse measurements and metrics
  • Assist organisations develop effective SAM processes in line with evolving SAM standards
  • Justify and sell the benefits of a SAM initiative.
  • Understand the impact of software ownership, legal risks and non-compliance.


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