Essentia is launching The Essentia SAM Network, an innovative new knowledge-sharing community for NHS staff responsible for Software Asset Management (SAM).
SAM touches many areas in every business involving management and optimisation of software assets throughout their lifecycle, through procurement, deployment, maintenance to disposal. Since the Department of Health stopped providing ‘umbrella agreements’, all NHS organisations have had to take local responsibility for acquiring and managing their own licences. This has led to confusion, uncertainty and increased costs across the 400+ organisations within the NHS.
“Software Asset Management is a specialism that few Trusts will have the executive support, time or resource to undertake and fully integrate. But ignoring the issue will lead to more problems.
We’ve done a lot of SAM work at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and know first-hand how complex it can be.
The Essentia SAM Network will link those with a common role in SAM to share ideas, answer questions and engage with software vendors as a united NHS, through an online service as well as a quarterly events attended by experts from organisations such as Microsoft, SoftwareONE, Snow Software, Bird & Bird, and TrustedIA”.
Andy Hill, Head of Software Asset Management, Essentia.