Expert IT solutions consultancy ramsac is encouraging businesses to think more carefully about the use and licensing of software across their office, remote and mobile IT devices. The company recently launched its Software Asset Management (SAM) Service which helps organisations to assess the use of software across all devices to ensure it is fully licensed and offers the right value for money whilst addressing business needs.
The ramsac SAM team is made up of Volume Licensing Specialists Mel Wilcock and James Neville-Towle. Mel Wilcock commented, “The software that all businesses rely upon to run their IT devices has probably never been more important. We now have a huge range of different devices working on our corporate networks, from smartphones and tablets to laptops, desktop PCs and with servers at the end of the line. However with this complexity comes the possibility of mistakes and misuse, both in terms of functionality and licensing. ramsac’s SAMS approaches this from a business angle, not only looking at the legality of the software in place but also if it is doing its job properly, and if you are indeed paying too much for items that aren’t needed!”
There are a number of key benefits to ramsac’s Software Asset Management programme, these include:
- Saving money - Software management will help you determine what software you do and don’t need. You may have unused software that can be used elsewhere instead of purchasing new licenses.
- Avoiding fines and costs - Abusing the terms of your software licenses can result in fines and potential legal costs.
- Integrity and honesty - SAM will enable you to ensure that your company is using genuine software and paying for all the software that is in use.
- Security and reliability - SAM will ensure that no unauthorised software is installed on local machines and the network which will avoid instances or viruses that may be contained inside unauthorised software.
- Technical support and product upgrades - You are not eligible for technical support and product upgrades if you are using unlicensed software!
Mel Wilcock added, “One of the risks of not being compliant is the possibility of fines and potential legal costs for which the company executives are held accountable for any copyright infringements that occurs company-wide. ramsac is fully accredited by Microsoft to offer regulation and inspection of their software licenses and by receiving a regular SAM review, organisations will be issued with a certificate that confirms compliance for a complete year.”
ramsac’s SAM service also includes help with tracing or buying the appropriate licensing for software. This could include OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) software which may come pre-installed on hardware or FPP (Fully Packaged Product) software which will have been purchased as an additional asset. ramsac can also run a discovery tool which determines all the software installed across a company’s range of IT systems including:
- Virtual Machines
- Non-networked or embedded devices
- Group or loan IT devices
- Home PCs
- And even Non-Windows devices (including the huge raft of BYOD machines such as Apple Macs, iPads, Linux driven computers).
Once a SAM review has been completed, ramsac also works with businesses to ensure that accurate records are kept for reference, as Mel Wilcock concluded, “We would recommend that processes are put in place to ensure that should the information be required in future, it is documented as new licenses are purchased and installed. This makes it much easier to monitor and maintain the mandatory licensing of corporate software. It’s more important than ever to ensure that your software is as well documented and maintained as any other part of your IT system.”
For more details on ramsac’s SAM or other IT services please telephone 01483 412040 or visit the website: www.ramsac.com.
Founded in 1991, ramsac offers a ‘menu’ of outsourced stress-free IT services that allows clients to match their individual needs. For some clients it may simply be support at the end of the phone, for others a part-time network manager, for many businesses its help in developing a longer term overall IT strategy. Whatever the requirement clients are guaranteed impartial, jargon-free advice.
This enables those businesses and organisations for which a dedicated in-house IT department may not be practical, to outsource all or part of their IT needs. In return they benefit from properly planned cutting edge IT solutions and support without any of the headaches often associated with managing technology. The end result is that any business can now get top level joined-up grown up IT advice for a fraction of the cost.
ramsac is committed to providing excellence in customer service and is proud to maintain a 97% client retention rate. The company won the 2011 Toast of Surrey Award for the ‘Companies with a turnover of up to £5m’ category and sponsored and judged the same award in 2013. ramsac is also an ISO 9001 Quality Approved firm, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a Citrix Silver Partner and an accredited Investor in People.