The General Services Administration launched a new service to help federal agencies manage software licenses. Bill Zielinski, acting assistant commissioner of GSA’s office of information technology category, wrote in a blog post published on Tuesday that the new software license management service, SLM Fast, seeks to help agency chief information officers, chief financial officers and acquisition professionals control software asset inventories.
SLM Fast, which is offered at no cost to agencies, can help government offices better comply with mandates, optimize unused applications and defend against software audits. “The SLM Fast service capitalizes on the federal government’s immense purchasing power and GSA’s unique position to coordinate software license procurement and management efforts across agencies,” Zielinski wrote.
Zielinski noted the new service could be employed through a memorandum of understanding and can help agencies pursue cloud adoption, achieve cost savings and improve cybersecurity. He said the service leverages a “data-focused approach” allowing the agencies to perform inventory analysis, gain access to custom dashboards to carry out cost-reduction efforts and investment planning and create a roadmap to implement an IT asset management program.