Pooling in Software Asset Management (SAM) refers to the consideration of software compliance at the overall company level. In this case, the licenses that may be used throughout the company according to the software manufacturer’s approach are also allocated in this way in SAM. This means that internal allocation regulations are partially overridden and licenses are “assigned” from cost area A to area B in order to compensate for a shortfall there with licenses that are not used in area A. This is done in the SAM. A strict relationship between asset and license is dissolved in order to distribute the total available licenses among the installations that actually exist when the installation metric is present. Unused licenses in an area flow into the pool so that new licenses are only procured if no compliant license is available in the license pool.