SAM Tools and Services
2013. January 2. Wednesday
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When merging several organizations, the merger of IT poses serious challenges. Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority (PSZÁF) – established by the merger of three public supervisory authorities in 1999 – successfully managed the major steps of IT integration, and they put great emphasis on rationalization of software asset management, too. IPR-Insights provided various services to develop much more effective SAM processes, and in 2005, launched its proprietary SAM-Insights system.

Software and Services

Services provided during the first project:

  • Launching a software asset management system: we launched a third party SAM-system in this project
  • Collecting hardware and software data: automatic data collection through the network, plus manual data collection from so called insulated systems, and from devices exposed to particular risk
  • Identifying unknown software: with the help of the system database, we identified software products used, and unknown files found by the system
  • Processing available licenses and invoices: we collected and registered available licenses and invoices in the SAM system
  • Creating physical license inventory: in accordance with the registration requirements, and considering client’s individual needs we created the system of physical license inventory
  • Comparing software usage with software assets: at the end of the project we compared software usage with software assets, analyzed the reasons of differences, and suggested a solution

Services provided since closing the first project:

  • Launching SAM-Insights: after the first year, we migrated the software asset management system to SAM-Insights, that we operate and support since then
  • Developing customized licensing data collector: upon client demand, we developed an automated MS SQL licensing data collector plugin to SAM-Insights
  • Continuous SAM-services: we support colleagues responsible for SAM by monthly identifying the new unknown files found by the system, monthly processing new licenses and invoices, and continuously ensuring that new items get into the system, and scrapped ones get out from the registry
  • Annual audit: our consultants working separately from the operational colleagues audit the activities annually
  • Procurement consultancy: occasionally we provide consultancy on planning major software procurements
  • Oracle license management services: we collected characteristics and data of Oracle product usage, summarized rights granted by licenses, and we provided licensing consultancy upon these information

Consultants