The number of tools for IT Ops professionals to choose from is overwhelming. For this reason, we created the periodic table of IT Ops tools to better define, organize, and explain the IT Ops tooling landscape. It is our hope that it will help IT professionals find, explore, and choose tools for their future IT Ops stack.

In a portion of this table we dive into Software Asset Management (SAM) tools specifically. Below you will find a list of the top software asset management tools per the interactions we measure on the table.

What is SAM?

Software asset management (SAM) is the administration of processes, policies and procedures that support the procurement, deployment, use, maintenance and disposal of software applications within an organization. SAM is the part of IT asset management that seeks to ensure the organization complies with license agreements and does not overspend on software. An important goal of every SAM initiative is to facilitate the discovery of software assets, ensure the validity of end user license agreements (EULAs) and validate the appropriate use of free software. SAM documentation can protect the organization from anti-piracy litigation, prevent the unintentional overuse of licenses and provide a control for shadow software on the network.

The best SAM tools:


Aspera is a provider of software asset management solutions that give companies a fresh, actionable perspective on software assets, license position and future investments. Aspera’s SAM solution helps to evaluate audit risks and savings potential. Hundreds of enterprises worldwide rely on Aspera, including over 35 Fortune Global 500 companies.

Certero AssetStudio

Certero is a Software Asset Management, PC Power Management (PCPM) and Password Reset solutions and services provider. Certero provides solutions to help customers drive out complexities and costs across the IT spectrum with a rapid return on investment.


Flexera views the software industry as a supply chain, and makes the business of buying and selling software more transparent, secure, and effective. Flexera’s Vulnerability and Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions strip waste and unpredictability out of buying applications, helping companies purchase only the software and cloud services they need, manage what they have, and…

Snow Software

Snow is a SAM provider that helps organizations contain and optimize software spend and achieve compliance with complex software licensing terms across mobile, desktop, data center and cloud solutions. Snow’s solutions provide highly automated reconciliation of license entitlements to actual software usage, installations/ removals and license upgrades as well as advanced analytics which help customers…

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