With the move to the cloud, many organizations assume that they don’t have to do Software Asset Management. This seems logical at first glance; after all, with a subscription model, there aren’t any compliance issues to worry about. Right?
Gartner, however, we believe, reminds us that SAM is more than just compliance, and that it’s just as important in the cloud as on-premises, perhaps even more so. Gartner explains, “SAM’s primary focus in the context of SaaS must switch from a practice of managing conventional license compliance to measuring and managing the consumption of provisioned services and functions.” Wherever software is being consumed, there’s a risk that you’re spending significantly more than you need to. Therefore, SaaS optimization sholud be a key focus for Cloud Software Asset Management.
Contain cloud costs now – or face a steep price tag later
Cloud services empower your business units and employees to make IT decisions better and faster, but ease and flexibility come with a big price tag. Increased flexibility can cause costs to spiral quickly out of control when you consume more than you’ve budgeted for, or if you haven’t right-sized your environment. But the price of unmanaged SaaS software and cloud services might be much larger than anyone initially imagined. According to Gartner research, “Through 2022 in any given month, over 30% of the growing expenditure on software and cloud services will be unused.”
Software compliance risks in the cloud
Moving to the cloud doesn’t mean moving away from compliance risks.
Even migrating to the cloud is itself a potential audit risk. Vendors may see your decision to migrate as an opportunity to get one last look under the hood and see whether they can squeeze a few more pennies out of your on-premises licenses.
Bring-your-own-license (BYOL) scenarios also carry an audit risk. While these licenses can be useful when you’re migrating to the cloud and want to keep your existing infrastructure, they also limit how you can use services in the cloud. You need to have the software license management tools and processes in place that track and manage those limitations. Doing so ensures that your BYOL cloud usage doesn’t turn into a budget disaster.