What is SAM? SAM is short for Software Asset Management. It's about the infrastructure and processes for managing and optimizing the "purchase, deployment, maintenance, utilization, and disposal of software applications within an organization." The goal of SAM is to reduce IT costs and the risks associated with use of software, while also increasing end-use productivity.
SAM is one part of a wider business practice known as IT asset management. Computrace, for example, is designed for the management and tracking of your IT assets.
Microsoft recently put together a list of 10 reasons to implement SAM in your organization. These 10 reasons are:
Read the full explanation of the benefits here. You can also take Microsoft's SAM ROI test to see how your program rates.