As the federal government continues to modernize technology, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced in a blog post yesterday that it is offering a new software license management (SLM) program – SLM Fast – to more efficiently manage, safely and inexpensively Software.
“The SLM Fast service capitalizes on the immense buying power of the federal government and the unique position of the GSA to coordinate software license purchasing and management efforts across agencies,” wrote Bill Zielinski, Assistant Commissioner acting for the GSA Office of Information Technology category.
Zielinski wrote that in April 2016, the GSA developed a Software License Management Service (SLMS) for federal agencies to build robust IT asset management programs. But, he added, SLM Fast is “designed to provide low-impact, quick-start SLMS” and is offered free to eligible agencies.
SLM Fast can provide agencies with guidance to better manage software asset inventories, improve mandate compliance, defend against software audits, and optimize unused software or eliminate long-obsolete applications from networks. Zielinski said SLM Fast does this through inventory analysis, a personalized dashboard that allows stakeholders to strategically plan investments and cost reduction efforts, a roadmap to implement a management program autonomous IT assets and SLM maturation.
With a data-driven approach, Zielinski said SLM Fast is focused on improving cloud readiness, cybersecurity, MEGABYTE and Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) compliance, and cost savings. . He also performs Alternate Management Office budget analyzes for select OEMs.