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What is SAM?

Software asset management

SAM defined:

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.