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IT asset management enables clients to better manage their whole IT ecosystem, leading to a reduction of business risk and cost.

Christopher Winter

Partner, Forensic & Integrity Services, Ernst & Young LLP

EY Software Asset Management Practice leader. Experienced software licensing professional. Classic car rallying fan. Choir singer.

Chris leads the Software Asset Management (SAM) in Forensics practice in the UK. He helps clients understand their IT asset portfolios to enable better control and cost savings, underpinning the digital transformation journey to the cloud.

After service in British Army as an officer, Chris has 20 years of experience working in software licensing with both software vendors and consultancy practices.

He has extensive experience of IBM, SAP and Oracle licensing and is an IT Asset Management (ITAM) and SAM subject matter resource, being part of the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), as well as a Certified Software Asset Manager (CSAM).

Chris holds a Master’s level degree in Theology for Christian Ministry from Durham University.

How Christopher is building a better working world

With 20 years’ experience in software licensing, Chris is seen as a trusted advisor in this space by many clients. Through his leadership of the EY SAM practice, Chris enables clients to make the right investment in software licensing.

SAM underpins the IT ecosystem which, when done well, promotes investment in software related to intellectual property. The work Chris does focusses on advising companies on how to invest in innovative solutions effectively.

Through Chris’s knowledge of SAM, he has enabled companies to reduce license consumption without increasing the risk of being non-compliant. This can help clients to easily drive their IT ecosystem to net-zero by reducing hardware, data centre resources and energy usage.

Within the practice, Chris is the talent leader and is passionate about giving his team the right experiences so that they can prosper in a fast-changing world.

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