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  • SAM in a SaaS World

    SAM in a SaaS World

    Counting devices and software installations has been the foundation of SAM for decades. As with most things ITAM practitioners are being forced to look at it in a new way with the continued adoption of SaaS based solutions. Sometime in the not too distant future the current underlying technologies to provide SAM services will be ...more

  • Is Your "Why" Strong Enough?

    Is Your "Why" Strong Enough?

    WHY: The world’s simplest idea The inspiration for writing this article came from my experience immediately after presenting at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, 11-14 July 2016.  One of my SAM peers - who was in the audience at the time - came up to me afterwards and thanked me for inspiring him to change ...more

  • Principles for Integrating ITAM with wider ITSM initiatives

    Principles for Integrating ITAM with wider ITSM initiatives

    Is your organisation continuing to invest in separate IT Asset and IT Service Management (“ITAM” and “ITSM” initiatives)? Do you have separate toolsets serving both these functions with little to no data integration and data transfer between these? Do you have a constant “battle” between these teams with regards to the accuracy of data collected ...more

  • Do You Trust Your Discovery Data?

    Do You Trust Your Discovery Data?

    Good asset discovery data is the foundation for every IT Asset Management program, for both hardware and software Asset Management. Tools do more than ever to track and monitor assets. Despite this, a lot of IT Asset management is accomplished in spreadsheets with manual steps needed to fill in missing information or to clean up ...more

  • Convergence with IT Asset/Service management

    Convergence with IT Asset/Service management

    The discipline of SAM is rapidly converging with IT asset and service management disciplines, offering a more comprehensive view of activities as well as new capabilities for IT leaders As organizations continue to emphasize managing IT like a business, efforts are intensifying around IT asset management and IT service management. Within organizations today, new sets of ...more

  • Should The Audit Tail Be Wagging The Enterprise Dog?

    Should The Audit Tail Be Wagging The Enterprise Dog?

    The prospect of a Software Asset Management (SAM) audit by a major vendor is continuing to influence Enterprise behaviour. Global Enterprises may deliberately overbuy software licences or buy excessive quantities of premium licences from the major vendors to mitigate perceived audit risk and the costly penalties associated with compliance breaches. However, the impact of this ...more

  • WHY: The World’s Simplest Idea

    WHY: The World’s Simplest Idea

    The inspiration for writing this article came from my experience immediately after presenting at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, 11-14 July 2016. One of my SAM peers - who was in the audience at the time - came up to me afterwards and thanked me for inspiring him to change his business messaging. He did ...more

  • Is SAM a Cost or an Investment?

    Is SAM a Cost or an Investment?

    “Every time we make an investment decision at Fedex, we ask ourselves: What is the return on this investment?” Frederick Smith Software Asset Management practitioners frequently claim that implementing a SAM project is an investment because it leads to cost savings and efficiency benefits yet few organizations actually have measures to show the return on investment. This ...more

  • Software Licensing Compliance and Cost Optimization

    Software Licensing Compliance and Cost Optimization

    Maintaining a balance between seemingly competing goals or circumstances is a common challenge in business management as well as life in general, and recognizing unbalance before it results in excessive losses frequently requires information gathering and assessment. Dangers lurk in many areas when too much attention is focused on one goal at the expense of ...more

  • Asset Management in IT Disaster Recovery

    Asset Management in IT Disaster Recovery

    Unlike any other crisis, Disaster Recovery (DR) depends upon the ability to recover damaged assets, because assets are needed to recover function, and restoring functionality is the goal of DR. Yet the skills of Asset Managers are often neglected by DR Planners, and many Asset Managers do not fully understand their role in Disaster Recovery ...more

  • Check Before You Chuck It: 7 ITAD Mistakes to Avoid

    Check Before You Chuck It: 7 ITAD Mistakes to Avoid

    Once legacy data has outlived its usefulness, what should you do with it: Repurpose it? Resell it? Recycle it? Destroy it? As it turns out, with IT asset disposal, you may be able to do all of the above. What we're talking about is e-waste and a lot of it. This includes old computers, computer hardware, ...more

  • ITAM - Organization, People, Roles & Accountabilities

    ITAM - Organization, People, Roles & Accountabilities

    At this year’s Spring Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE), several IAITAM Fellows attended a selection of presentations, to provide an expert perspective on chosen themes, specifically: ITAM –Views from Practitioners ITAM – Organization, People, Roles & Accountabilities It is remarkable that, although there are multiple complexities to ITAM, there are many common themes that are not ...more

  • ITAM - Views from Practitioners

    ITAM - Views from Practitioners

    At this year’s Spring Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE), several IAITAM Fellows attended a selection of presentations, to provide an expert perspective on chosen themes, specifically: ITAM –Views from Practitioners ITAM – Organization, People, Roles & Accountabilities It is remarkable that, although there are multiple complexities to ITAM, there are many common themes that are not ...more

  • Do the Best Negotiators Get the Best Deal?

    Do the Best Negotiators Get the Best Deal?

    With over 50 years negotiating with vendors in many countries and watching hundreds of companies negotiate with their software vendors, I’ve never met a negotiator who thinks he/she is a bad negotiator. Of the thousands of software deals I’ve seen, I’ve never met someone who thought they negotiated a bad deal. Yet by definition, there ...more

  • Overcoming the Challenges of Mobile Lifecycle Management

    Overcoming the Challenges of Mobile Lifecycle Management

    The move to mobile will not be slowing down in the foreseeable future. Gartner reports 346 million smartphones were shipped in the first quarter of 2016 alone, and IDC forecasts these shipments will continue growing at a CAGR of 8.5 percent throughout the year. As consumers and enterprises continue to purchase mobile devices, IT asset ...more