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  • Fits like a Glove: Top 10 Must-Do’s for your SAM Program

    Fits like a Glove: Top 10 Must-Do’s for your SAM Program

    Over the years, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly from many SAM solutions. Using the lessons I’ve learned as a guide, I’d like to help you identify the best solution for your enterprise SAM needs – and avoid unnecessary mistakes along the way. 1. Identify your executive sponsor. As an asset or software ...more

  • Managing Autodesk Licensing for Cost Reduction & Optimization

    Managing Autodesk Licensing for Cost Reduction & Optimization

    What’s soft about software? The term "software" is ubiquitous to a degree that few hearken back to review the origins of the word. The "soft" nature of software implies it to be amorphous compared to its computer counterpart "hardware", but certainly it is software that brings “muscular” value to hardware. Software's intrinsic value originates from the ...more

  • Software License Management – Do you need a degree?

    Software License Management – Do you need a degree?

    Remember back in the day when license complexity was as simple as plugging in the hardware dongle into your computer in order for an application to work? With today’s technologies it seems like you need to have a doctorate to truly understand each license option and its complexities. Even when you have determined between node ...more

  • Why I became a certified e-Steward

    Why I became a certified e-Steward

    My work in electronics recycling began before I had ever heard of Basel Action Network (BAN) or the e-Stewards idea. I worked as a director of a nonprofit recycling organization for 14 years before coming to work for e-Stewards as the Enterprise Director. Back then, we were just trying to do the best we could ...more

  • The Circular Economy - Operational & Financial Advantages

    The Circular Economy - Operational & Financial Advantages

    The well-established IT hardware manufacturing brands have long enjoyed the substantial procurement savings derived from recovering valuable parts from customer returned used IT systems. These organizations either developed reverse logistics operations internally or, more likely, outsourced their ‘recovery for reuse’ operations to specialist services providers. The result is considerable supply-chain cost savings, in comparison to ...more

  • Discovery and SW Normalization-When is Normal NOT Normal?

    Discovery and SW Normalization-When is Normal NOT Normal?

    The Software Asset Management discipline has matured over the past 5 years. By now, most companies have implemented some form of asset discovery and tracking of their software licenses. Discovery is a wonderful thing. It automatically reports against your installed base of hardware assets and their corresponding software licenses. What could be easier….. If you are ...more

  • Renewing Excellence in ITAD: Reflections of an Industry Provocateur

    Renewing Excellence in ITAD: Reflections of an Industry Provocateur

    A provocateur, by definition, is someone who intentionally stirs the proverbial pot. Being a registered D.C. lobbyist for the past 12 years, let me tell you, I have seen a lot. We were trained to stir the pot. It’s an art form and part of the job. Most of which I cannot speak of, but ...more

  • The New ITAM Department

    The New ITAM Department

    The influx of IoT (Internet of Things) and connected devices will continue to introduce new demands on IT departments globally. Software Asset Management (SAM), IT Service Management (ITSM) and GRC (Governance, Risk Management and Compliance) have already emerged as key components of IT Asset Management (ITAM) today. Challenges will evolve as security and new compliancy ...more

  • Using Six Sigma to make your SAM Team Invaluable

    Using Six Sigma to make your SAM Team Invaluable

    It is always the constant challenge for any manager to ensure that their team and the efforts of their team are viewed by leadership as an indispensable part of the organization. There is the continual need to validate why the team exists and why you have the staffing you do. Then there is the constant ...more

  • SAM reporting – what do you report from your SAM universe?

    SAM reporting – what do you report from your SAM universe?

    You are capital C Compliant, managing users licensing needs, control your vast software estate proactively? Sounds fab, but if no-one in management know you are doing great, or share your fears due to license rule changes, where will you get your support or encouragement from? Or said this way: What reports and data do you furnish ...more

  • Four Trends That Affect the IT Asset Disposition Process

    Four Trends That Affect the IT Asset Disposition Process

    2017 marks ten years since the very first iPhone was introduced. Since then, innovation in smart phone technology has made dramatic improvements and it is not slowing down. Smartphones have become omnipresent and more advanced, creating a new world of applications. However, we all know smartphones aren’t the only technology affecting business. Within the business environment ...more

  • The Final Check-Out: 8 Lessons Learned from 8,000 Projects

    The Final Check-Out: 8 Lessons Learned from 8,000 Projects

    Google, “hacks to improve” and you will find a million shortcuts to improve almost any aspect of your life - your credit score, public speaking, or memory to name just a few. Finding ways to make your organization’s IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) program effective is not as easy, so we created them for you. Experience with ...more

  • Setting a standard: the hunt for ITAM expertise

    Setting a standard: the hunt for ITAM expertise

    Organizational changes are common culture in today’s market. The main focus is to accomplish more with less and ITAM practices still need fine tuning in order to assess and measure their effectiveness if they want to be looked as an operational priority. If you’re faced with constant changes in your company, very few people can see ...more

  • ITAM and Security: Where can they help each other

    ITAM and Security: Where can they help each other

    IT Asset Management (ITAM) spends its time and resources in knowing the lifecycle of an asset. Let’s call it “From Dating to Haunting.” ITAM is involved with almost every facet of the IT organization. The one place that is sometimes missed is IT security. IT Security, those wonderful folks who keep the organization safe from ...more