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SAM Optimization Model

Many of the so called "SAM" consultants make sweeping statements regarding selection, deployment and usage of tools.

The SAM Optimization Model (SOM) is a framework developed by Microsoft that is aligned with Infrastructure Optimisation (IO). It enables customers to evaluate SAM effectively and objectively. Using this model, your organization can conduct a SAM evaluation to determine how effectively you are managing your software assets. Abbeyfield Consultancy can offer guidance and create a roadmap to visualize the benefits and savings at each stage of SAM optimisation.

Moving Toward Dynamic IT

The SAM Optimization Model provides an established set of criteria to help you make consistent SAM assessments and recommendations. The analysis is based on 10 key competencies, and each competency is assessed at one of four different maturity levels. The levels of SAM maturity are the same as those of the IO framework:

How is the SAM Optimization Model different from traditional SAM?

One of the biggest misconceptions about SAM is that it's a point-in-time assessment, like a license review. License reviews on their own simply take a picture or snapshot of an organization. Within a week or a month, devices have been brought in, software has been installed, and that point-in-time snapshot doesn't evolve with those changes.

When you know your current level of optimization, you can work to transition from one stage of maturity to the next. The model provides a framework to help you understand where you are and what you need to do to improve the state of your software asset management.

Using the SAM Optimization Model as a roadmap can ultimately help your business realize the full value of its software and IT investments, control costs, and facilitate innovation and growth in size and/or maturity.

The SAM Optimization Model aligns with the ISO 19770-1

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