The Business Software Alliance (BSA), announced the launch of a new Certified in Standards-based SAM for Organizations (CSS(O)) program in India. CSS(O) is the first enterprise-level certification for Software Asset Management (SAM) in the industry based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) SAM standard. CSS(O) was developed in collaboration between BSA and partners including KPMG and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited, and has been tested and proven through a local pilot program with Symphony Services. BSA plans to expand the program globally in 2012.
By testing against universally accepted benchmarks that validate SAM processes are operationally sound and sustainable, CSS(O) lays the foundation for an organization to stay in compliance with vendor contracts, helps manage software acquisition and maintenance costs, enhances productivity, and improves overall competitiveness.
By getting Certified in Standards-based SAM, organizations will be able to better align their software assets with their operational needs, maintain and easily prove their license compliance, accrue software and network cost efficiencies, and improve their business performance. In addition, they will receive a two-year audit forbearance from major software publishers, which will help minimize their risk and improve business efficiencies.
Symphony Services, an India-based software innovation company, is the first organization to receive a CSS(O) after completing a comprehensive assessment of its SAM processes and licensing positions. The certification process helped Symphony identify the software needs of its business units, restructure its licenses, and negotiate more advantageous agreements with vendors, which enabled it to maximize its licenses, better predict costs and increase IT efficiencies.