Vendor-specific SAM project

Vendor-specific SAM project

Vendor-specific Software Asset Management (SAM) projects at an international trading company


Within the framework of vendor-specific SAM projects, it was possible to achieve transparency regarding the current licensing situation and an associated minimization of risk for potential re-licensing.


Initial situation and problem definition

Trading company operating internationally, > 40,000 employees and approx. 25,000 devices (server and client)

Re-establishment of central license management, but still four decentralized national companies, no central repository

Past vendor audit required considerable time and cost expenditure, risk of further audits

Software historically installed without consideration of the terms of use


Objectives, project scope and benefits

Making the current licensing situation transparent (including Microsoft, Oracle, VMware)

Averting or minimizing the risk of potential vendor audits

Achieving compliance for selected software vendors

Creating a database for the planned implementation of a SAM tool



Collection, processing, plausibility check of commercial & technical data

Creation of initial license compliance report (Draft Compliance Table)

Evaluation and implementation of optimization measures

Preparation of final license compliance report


Results achieved and outlook

Consolidated overview of the license inventory and the current license situation

Presentation of the compliance status to the vendors with low or no relicensing costs

Outlook: structured database for later import into SAM tool available

Project duration per vendor: between three and six months