Software Asset Management (SAM) task force

1. Background

Topics around Software Asset Management and vendor management rank high on the priorities of Beltug members.

This includes issues related to cloud and software contracts, dependency on cloud providers, and hybrid IT environments. The importance of exchanging knowledge and combining power, led to the launch of this Beltug SAM task force in 2019.

This expert group of members discusses topics including:

  • Software contracts
  • Cloud: different models of licence metrics
  • Exit strategies
  • Vendor management and third-party risk management
  • Licensing policies and common issues of major software suppliers
  • Getting control over hybrid IT environments
  • Vendor lock-in

2. Scope and mission

The task force provides a platform for experts to exchange experiences and best practices. Beltug uses the findings and suggestions of the task force to inform its members, and to develop new tools, papers and activities, if and when relevant.

The high-level, multidisciplinary SAM task force meets, discusses and makes suggestions and recommendations to Beltug regarding issues, activities and lobbying efforts that can be undertaken in the area of Software Asset Management and vendor management. Topics can extend beyond the national borders of Belgium.

Conclusions, best practices and insights may be communicated to the other members via the usual Beltug activities. Organisation of events is not in the scope of this initiative, as that is already part of the regular Beltug activities.

The set-up of the task force is flexible, informal, consensual and determined together with the members of the task force. Beltug facilitates the task force. If needed, Beltug cuts the knot on decisions to be taken, always with a view on the interests of the Beltug community and the constructive functioning of the task force.

3. Members: who can apply?

Interested Beltug members can apply at info@beltug.be.

Typically, the members of the SAM task force will be practitioners in matters of Software Asset Management and vendor management. They must be Beltug members, from the user side, and participation in task forces is included in their membership (note: a Corporate Basic membership allows your organisation to participate in 1 task force, with a Corporate Premium membership, your company can have delegates in as many task forces as you want). They are knowledgeable people with a high willingness to share their expertise. Members from the ICT supplier side (Beltug Associate Members) will only be allowed in exceptional cases.

As the themes covered reach into many parts of the organisation, members may come from a potentially extended range of areas: legal, contract management, procurement, software asset managers, vendor relations, CIOs and IT managers, software licensing, etc.
The SAM task force may not be used in any way for commercial purposes.

4. Participation

The SAM task force meets on a regular basis, to be determined by the SAM task force members. SAM task force members are expected to share their experiences, come up with topics, present topics in meetings, and attend the gatherings on a regular basis.

Meetings take place both online and in-person. As trust is crucial in order to share information, and this trust is built when members know each other personally, regular participation is expected.

On occasion, the task force may invite non-member guests who have specific expertise or experience in the topic being addressed.

5. Confidentiality

Meetings will follow the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. However, the conclusions of the SAM task force’s conversations can be used to share knowledge and best practices with the Beltug community.

6. Potential conflicts of interest

In the event of a potential conflict of interest in an issue being discussed, the concerned member will not be involved in the determination of Beltug’s position.