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Aspera Gartner Magic Quadrant for SAM Managed Services 2020

We are excited to share that Aspera was awarded in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Asset Management Managed Services report.

According to Gartner: "Until 2022, more than 30% of the increased spending on software and cloud services will not be used in any month." We believe Gartner's decision to research SAM service providers provides a comprehensive perspective on the future vital aspect of Software Asset Management for organizations.

Full business partner approach tailored to SAM-managed services

As a software license management tool provider, Aspera is happy to be included in both the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SAM Managed Services and the 2020 Magic Quadrant for SAM Tools.

We feel the report supports our strength as a single source of Software Asset Management technology and services and customer needs across a variety of publishers. We believe our dedicated, fully collaborative approach provides the best business value for a company.

What is the value of the services managed by Software Asset Management?

In the Magic Quadrant report, Gartner analysts explain the value that services managed by SAM can bring to organizations.

Software asset management (SAM) managed services use the vendor's proprietary SAM skills and methodologies to transform a customer's existing processes and extend their resources. Services managed by SAM, software and cloud services are offered directly to end-user customers on a continuous or planned basis, using the necessary discipline to meet cost optimization and governance goals.

Best practices for Software Asset Management are always evolving. Our industry is being reshaped by new technology options, license changes from software vendors, and the search for skilled professionals to meet the complex needs of companies.

We think this is another important reason why Gartner has identified SAM-managed services as a research topic. In the report, analysts explain:

Services are provided by skilled resources that address the gap in existing SAM skills to increase SAM maturity, leveraging expertise, intellectual property, and best practices.

3 trend takeovers for success with SAM Managed Services

1. SAM-managed services reduce the rise and risk of cloud costs

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, there is a growing challenge of unmanaged cloud costs and overconsumption. Companies do not understand licensing options for subscription services or a "hybrid" balance between cloud and on-premises. It may not have personnel to plan the IT architecture for virtual machines and other platform decisions. This is where SAM managed services come into play. Our experts advise on how to use VMs, what they work with, and how to avoid unplanned licensing costs from changes such as the computing capacity you need.

2. Services managed by SAM fill the industry gap for SAM professionals

Tools cannot flip a key. You need people to lead them. These people should be taught how to operate the system, or provided with assistance to operate it. But it is difficult to find people with experience in any IT field, and Software Asset Management has few experts. However, when you hire inexperienced people, there are longer acceleration times and a much longer ROI path for your program. Instead of hiring one (or three) full-time employees, our customers prefer to work with trained Service specialists for as many or as little jobs as they need.

3. Since SAM is not one size fits all, services managed by SAM must be flexible

Every company is unique in its technology and processes. A large global company that we often deal with has had an IT environment for years, usually with hardware systems, software installations, and more recently cloud services and hybrid licensing. We see an increasing need for flexible services in each particular environment. That's why Aspera has a range of Software Asset Management managed services: Quick Vendor Analysis to quickly find compliance Effective Licensing Positions for audits and contracts SAM as a Service for ongoing full off-duty mission In 2020, SAM managed services are even more important. Companies need to save money or prevent software costs from rising. They need to strengthen their focus as well as their budgets. In this way, company profitability can be increased with fast vendor and license analysis.


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