CHAPTER 1: WHY SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT?

Risk: Imagine a situation whereby, after protracted legal negotiations, a software company said they would ‘ask for their software back’. This is not the stuff of a John Grisham novel; the right of ‘delivery up’ is a very real threat. Furthermore, consider the alternative situation, where a piece of software initially offered as ‘free’ was found in an organisation; however, the small print attached to the licence meant that it was only free for the first 60 days of use, and that thereafter the company was liable for an £8,500 bill for each and every install. This happened; scarily enough over 60 individuals breached the 60-day rule. I am not aware of any organisation that considers a slush fund of more ...

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