ramsac is encouraging businesses to think more carefully about the use and licensing of software across their office, remote and mobile IT devices. The company recently launched its Software Asset Management (SAM) Service which helps organisations to assess the use of software across all devices to ensure it is fully licensed and offers the right value for money whilst addressing business needs.
The ramsac SAM team is made up of Volume Licensing Specialists Mel Wilcock and James Neville-Towle. Mel Wilcock commented, “The software that all businesses rely upon to run their IT devices has probably never been more important. We now have a huge range of different devices working on our corporate networks, from smartphones and tablets to laptops, desktop PCs and with servers at the end of the line. However with this complexity comes the possibility of mistakes and misuse, both in terms of functionality and licensing. ramsac’s SAMS approaches this from a business angle, not only looking at the legality of the software in place but also if it is doing its job properly, and if you are indeed paying too much for items that aren’t needed!”
Mel Wilcock added, “One of the risks of not being compliant is the possibility of fines and potential legal costs for which the company executives are held accountable for any copyright infringements that occurs company-wide. ramsac is fully accredited by Microsoft to offer regulation and inspection of their software licenses and by receiving a regular SAM review, organisations will be issued with a certificate that confirms compliance for a complete year.”
Once a SAM review has been completed, ramsac also works with businesses to ensure that accurate records are kept for reference, as Mel Wilcock concluded, “We would recommend that processes are put in place to ensure that should the information be required in future, it is documented as new licenses are purchased and installed. This makes it much easier to monitor and maintain the mandatory licensing of corporate software. It’s more important than ever to ensure that your software is as well documented and maintained as any other part of your IT system.”
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