Introduction

This is a user guide for the SAM on Atlas User Interface, a tool for Software Asset Management.

Software Asset Management (SAM) is the process of managing, controlling, and protecting software assets within an organization. SAM includes management of the entire life cycle of software, from need assessment, purchase, installation, and maintenance to removal.

Responsibility of the user

SAM on Atlas is designed to efficiently manage large volumes of data and to provide competent tools for license compliance analysis, resource planning, cost administration, and much more. A lot of the information, such as inventory data and software recognition rules, is automatically fed into the system.

However, SAM on Atlas also heavily relies on information not available through the inventory, in particular information on licenses. If the information entered by the user is incorrect or incomplete, the output will not be accurate.

Understanding the central concepts described in Concepts, terminology, and features is vital in order to achieve reliable results when working with the tool.