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Steven Wynants, Manager Vendor & Financial Management, Pan-E Information Systems at Toyota Motor Europe got things going, by sharing his experiences. He built his story around 3 key statements, exploring how to solve each challenge raised:
"As a SAM manager, I feel less in control when my company buys cloud services" was the first.
"My management feels SAM is no longer required now we have moved to the cloud" was the second statement. There is often a perception that non-compliance is impossible with cloud, so why does a company need a SAM manager or team?
For Toyota, the conclusion is that the role of the SAM manager has hardly changed:
“I have redefined my role as SAM manager to include cloud services in my scope of work": statement 3. Steven himself redefined the role of his SAM team to include cloud services: for starters, extra skills are required to pick up the coordinating role between purchasing, legal, the security team, etc. Have a look at slides 16 to 19 to have more details on this redefined role.
As complexity has increased, Toyota now also relies on expert skills from other teams. The scope has widened as well: working with affiliates and partners, providing them with tools, and building awareness about licence compliance.
Next up was Tony Spruyt, SAM Services Manager at Comparex. "The world of SAM has changed", Tony began, "and has never stopped changing". Guarding your compliance and maintaining the proper skillset are of course key in software asset management, as managing your software assets is more relevant than ever. On top of the SAM processes that already existed, SAM teams now also monitor data consumption: it comes down to 'pay what you use and use what you're paying for’.
When moving towards cloud, he stated that it is important to:
While tools are important, he summarised, so are the skills of the SAM Manager! To conclude, he shared a few takeaways - have a look on slide 13.
The last speaker of this session, Erik Valgaeren, Advokaat-vennoot – Head TMT/IP practice at Stibbe, confirmed that life in the world of cloud is quite complex for a SAM manager. First, Erik spoke about the tension between on-premises software and cloud:
Next, we looked at the potential obstacle course for SAM in the cloud:
Slides 9-17 give you the full overview of potential hurdles.
Know what you sign and what is in your contracts, Erik emphasised in his wrap-up. He summed up a number of 'tricky' contract clauses you might want to be aware of (see slides 18-28). His main points of advice when migrating to the cloud?
And his final tip: vendors may come to you (after you have signed a contract) with new documents and contract versions. You are not bound by them! You are only bound by what you signed and by what you accepted.
#Beltug: Going into the cloud without prior cloud readiness assessment is like landing in the jungle...— Erik Valgaeren (@Valgerik) June 7, 2017
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