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How to ensure SAM and SLM compliance in mobile environments

Earl Follis and Ed Tittel | April 10, 2014
Software asset management and software license management aren't just for on-premises assets. Find out how they can help you ensure compliance with software policies and agreements across mobile devices as well.

Here's where thorough compatibility testing of mobile hardware and software helps control which mobile platforms (and OSes) you support in any BYOD program. Even different versions of Android offer widely divergent features and compatibility options, so you might only be able to support Android flavors or versions for specific smartphones and tablets. This is one of the biggest factors driving companies to provide mobile devices to users on the go, rather than jumping through the many hurdles that BYOD imposes.

Mobile SAM and SLM Can Give Orgs Competitive Advantage
SAM and SLM management for mobile devices is a complicated issue that can't be ignored. As the popularity of mobile devices continues to explode, a viable, practical SAM and SLM management plan for those devices becomes increasingly critical.

Whether mobile devices are company-provided or user-owned, an established process to install SAM and SLM agents offers a smooth transition to a fully compliant, mobile workforce at the lowest possible cost. Regular audits of software assets and license usage on mobile devices will likely lead to reduced costs across-the-board for procurement and administration as well.

Finally, proper planning and execution of a mobile device strategy can create a competitive advantage for your organization. It helps avoid an expensive exercise in futility - or, worse, exposing your company network to unnecessary security risks or damage to brands and reputation.


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