Business Software Alliance (BSA) in partnership with the Center of E-governance, government of Karnataka, today announced the launch of the program 'Software Asset Management' for public sector undertakings that aim to take the ISO standard of software asset management.
BSA aims to introduce the principles of SAM, its salient features and its core business benefits to state-run PSUs in Karnataka as part of its education and awareness initiatives with. BSA has support and endorsement of the state government.
SAM will enable companies and organisations to manage and track their software licences as valuable company assets throughout the lifecycle of procurement, deployment, usage, maintenance and retirement. SAM is adopting very high standards of IT governance and implementing robust IT policies, thus enabling cost savings, risk management and operational efficiencies, a BSA release said.
"Adoption of sound IT governance policies and optimal management and deployment of software assets are critical steps for the security, productivity and profitability of Karnataka's public sector enterprises," MN Vidyashankar, principal secretary, department of e-governance, government of Karnataka, said.
"It is necessary that such a programme is launched to avail of the full benefits of an internationally recognised ISO standard of software asset management, he said, adding, "We encourage all PSUs in the state to come forth and participate in this programme and be recognised as a leading organisation in cost efficiency, security, compliance and productivity."
Speaking at the launch, D S Ravindran, CEO, centre of e-governance, government of Karnataka, said: "In the last year, the IT spend by the government was close to Rs300 crore. All PSUs are now coming up with their own IT needs and it is important to adopt this standard of SAM with good IT governance practices in order to enable the state of Karnataka to be more productive and cost-efficient."