Software Asset Management

Software Asset Management Training Course

URM has been delivering software asset management (SAM) training courses since 2006 and has built an enviable reputation for providing courses which enviable reputation for providing training which not only helps you to develop your SAM skills and knowledge, but also gain a certificate to demonstrate your competence.  As with all URM courses, SAM training is delivered by experienced practitioners who bring real world implementation experience to the classroom, along with valuable anecdotes that help to illustrate and reinforce the theory being taught.

Professional Certification Course

BCS Foundation Certificate in Software and Hardware Asset Management

What is it?

Managing your IT assets, and your software assets in particular, has never been more critical. It is estimated that 20% of IT budgets is now spent on software and staying on top of the ever-increasing software licensing schemes and methods is a major challenge for all organisations. Our BCS Foundation Certificate in Software and Hardware Asset Management (SAHAM) training course is aimed at building your knowledge and competency in this rapidly growing professional sector.

By attending this 3 day course, you will acquire knowledge in the following areas:

  • The objectives and activities required to implement software and hardware asset management within an organisation
  • An understanding of current licensing methodologies including volume agreements, Cloud, hybrid, software as a service (SaaS) and bring your own device (BYOD)
  • Software and hardware asset management techniques and processes
  • Measuring current maturity of software and hardware asset management and identifying areas of improvement
  • Managing IT assets through the stages of their lifecycle
  • Preparing and distributing asset reports throughout the organisation
  • Making more efficient use of IT assets
  • Legal and regulatory compliance requirements
  • Developing effective SAM and hardware asset management (HAM) policies and processes.

The course fully prepares you to pass the 60 minute BCS invigilated examination, which takes place on the final afternoon.  The exam consists of 40 multi-choice questions with the pass mark being set at 26 (65%).

Full Course Outline

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Why should you attend?

Software asset management is critical to the success of any organisation.  If your organisation has a comprehensive and efficient licence management programme in place, it will reduce your costs and ensure that you remain compliant.  Attending this course will help ensure that your organisation is in full compliance with the legal agreements associated with the software you are using.  You will also be able to ensure that your organisation has the right processes and tools in place to monitor software usage, reallocate licenses as they become available and have the appropriate level of vendor support.

By enrolling on URM’s SAHAM course, you will gain a practical understanding of and receive best practice advice on:

  • Software licensing, including volume licensing schemes and Cloud-based licensing
  • Effective SAM, including valuable tips and techniques to reduce software expenditure and manage compliance risk
  • Managing hardware and software assets from acquisition through to retirement
  • The key processes for effectively managing hardware and software
  • Implementing change to improve hardware and software asset use

By attending URM’s course, you will also be fully prepared to take and pass the BCS multi-choice examination and gain a recognised qualification in SAM and HAM, which can be used internally and externally as a validation of your expertise and competence.  URM has a 13 year track record delivering SAM training and all courses are led by some of the UK’s most experienced and respected practitioners.

What are the prerequisites for attending?

There are no entry requirements for attending this training course.

What is the format of URM’s SAHAM Course?

URM delivers the SAHAM Course as both a public schedule and on-site training course.  If you attend our public schedule courses, these are typically residential and held at purpose designed training venues.

URM’s SAHAM course leans heavily on discussions, exercises and real life scenarios which are designed to help interpret some of the more challenging concepts and help you apply them back in your work environment.  The course is also designed to encourage debate, and the sharing of knowledge and experience.  Exercises take place during the 3 days, as well as mock exams each day to ensure you are well prepared to take and pass the BCS administered 1 hour exam on the final afternoon.

The training typically runs from 9 am to 5pm on days 1 and 2, although you will have numerous opportunities to raise queries with URM’s trainer outside of these hours.  You may wish to use the evenings to review some of the comprehensive courseware notes and practice answering mock exam papers

Why train with URM?

We believe that the key differentiator between URM’s and other providers’ courses is the calibre and background of our trainers.  You will benefit from the fact that all URM’s trainers are practising SAM consultants, who are highly experienced and proficient in SAM / IT asset management and compliance auditing.   As such, they are able to translate best practice theory into ‘real world’ practical applications.  URM’s trainers all adopt a facilitative approach, where the goal is to maximise knowledge and skills sharing across the whole group.   Should you require clarification on any aspect of the course and the end of the course examination, URM’s trainer will be available at breaks and at the end of the training day to assist you. (URM’s trainers stay on site during the course).

The trainer will provide tips throughout the week on taking and passing the multi-choice examination.

Here are some comments from delegates that have previously attended URM’s BCS SAM training

Very professional, knowledgeable and made it easy to understand the subject.

Able to discuss my specific challenges.

Excellent delivery – really made it interesting.

The trainer was excellent – knows his stuff!

The trainer’s real experiences really provided clarity.

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