75 per cent of software asset management (SAM) professionals think that there is a SAM skills gap, according to a recent event.

The ITAM Review held a joint SAM Skills workshop event with the BCS on 14 July (See the original event listing).

The half day event was held at the BCS offices on The Strand with two introductory presentations before delving into two specialist workshops on software licensing and audit defence.

Dave Kelsey, recently appointed by BCS to develop a roadmap to improve the SAM Essentials and SAM practitioner courses, began with an overview of recent research from the BCS.

Amongst the highlights:

  • 75% of SAM pros agreed a SAM skills gap exists
  • Raising awareness of SAM to the rest of the IT department and the business as a whole was cited as the biggest challenge

SAM essentials has been the de-facto standard for SAM education for many ITAM Review readers, especially in Europe, so Dave’s appointment is to be welcomed.

The event itself had an overview of how to benchmark your organisation for SAM maturity and assess the capabilities of your SAM team using the ITAM Review 12-box Model.

Gemma Walker and Greg Hallam then led two interactive workshops on licensing and audit defence. Feedback on the format has been positive and we hope to repeat similar events with BCS in the future.

A video is available to view