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  • When Business-Led IT Meets ITAM

    When Business-Led IT Meets ITAM

    Business-Led IT is rising in popularity among companies in every industry and market segment. The central concept of business-led IT is enabling the business to direct what technologies should be adopted to meet their specific business needs. In the past, this had been solely the realm of IT- but with the increasing availability of cloud-based ...more

  • Congratulations! You're Responsible for ITAM....Now What?

    Congratulations! You're Responsible for ITAM....Now What?

    Many of us fall into our ITAM roles without a lot of preparation, or notice. Even if we know what to do, we don’t know how to achieve our intended goals due to limited resources (budget, people, tools, etc.) to start, or a mature ITAM program that may already be in place. The key to ...more

  • Can the Healthcare sector roll out RFID across all ITS?

    Can the Healthcare sector roll out RFID across all ITS?

    Can the Healthcare sector ever implement RFID across the entire ITS enterprise for Asset Management, can it work and what is the impact? Assessment – The purpose of this question posed to senior leaders was to first, determine the most efficient and cost effective portions of the healthcare supply chain in which radio frequency identification devices (RFID) ...more

  • You’re a new SAM Manager. Now what?

    You’re a new SAM Manager. Now what?

    Not too long ago I met a customer, Julie, in a mid-sized organization who recently had been tapped as her organization’s newly-minted Software Asset Manager. Julie had a finance background and moved into the software asset management role from her company’s Procurement department, but she didn’t have an extensive background in software licensing. Julie’s first question ...more

  • ILMT / BigFix Inventory Best Practices & Lessons Learned

    ILMT / BigFix Inventory Best Practices & Lessons Learned

    The deployment of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) or BigFix Inventory (BFI) is a mandatory requirement to take advantage of sub-capacity pricing. Most customers initially consider the implementation of ILMT as a burden that forces the I/T team to support a technology with yet another agent. Some companies think that the agent uses excessive ...more

  • ILMT: A Gateway to SAM

    ILMT: A Gateway to SAM

    If anyone tells you IBM software licensing is simple to work with, they are pulling your leg. In fact, at one of the organizations I’ve worked for, we had a slightly snarky but good-natured comment that came up occasionally in our meetings with our IBM partners: “Have I ever told you just how complicated IBM ...more

  • The Accidental Asset Manager

    The Accidental Asset Manager

    In my role as Director, Online Services, my team is responsible to develop automation to support the different facets of the IT asset lifecycle, from acquirement through to retirement, and all points between. While we have built an asset register, an asset data collection app and series of asset change management screens and reports as ...more

  • Are SW bots and ITsec the future of ITAM's Digital Journey?

    Are SW bots and ITsec the future of ITAM's Digital Journey?

    The measure of a Software Asset Management (SAM) program’s maturity is founded in the understanding of how well one’s organization performs the foundational building blocks for Software Asset Management. ISO/IEC 19770-1:2012, “Information Technology — Software Asset Management, Part 1: Processes and Tiered Assessment of Conformance” (ISO 19770) provides the industry with an international standard for ...more

  • The 2017 Scoop on e-Scrap and ITAM

    The 2017 Scoop on e-Scrap and ITAM

    Attending a conference is an excellent barometer for determining the pressures impacting a specific industry. The E-Scrap conference this fall was a great opportunity to take a look at the trends pressuring ITAD (IT Asset Disposition) vendors and their downstream counterparts. To make good choices for the organization’s constant outflow of unwanted computing devices, due ...more

  • GDPR and the Implications for ITAM Managers

    GDPR and the Implications for ITAM Managers

    Imagine this situation in few months-time from now. The ITAM manager for a large organization has been called to a board meeting. There has been a major data breach and a large amount of customer information has been stolen. The penalty for this breach could be as high as 20million Euros. The Directors ask the ...more

  • Fixed Asset and IT Asset Management in Healthcare

    Fixed Asset and IT Asset Management in Healthcare

    Computer technology and its related assets have impacted the dynamics of traditional fixed asset accounting management. Information technology assets now constitute a significant percentage - if not the majority - of fixed assets, and capital spend, for many institutions, particularly in fields such as healthcare. Organizations must now focus on tracking IT assets along with ...more

  • Strategic ITAM - The Way For Creating The Strategic Capability That Empowers Your Business

    Strategic ITAM - The Way For Creating The Strategic Capability That Empowers Your Business

    The increasing complexity and dynamism that the markets have today, but especially those where organizations operate using Information and Communication Technologies as the core of the business, as well as the resulting uncertainty thereof, suggests that the Strategic Development in those Organizations should be based on the usage of traditional processes as well as other ...more

  • Licensing Oracle in a Public Cloud environment

    Licensing Oracle in a Public Cloud environment

    WHAT DOES CLOUD MEAN FOR YOUR SAM STRATEGY? Software asset management? Cost optimization? With the growing use of cloud, that’s no longer an issue, because you know exactly what you pay for, right? Even though cloud solutions deliver huge benefits to organizations, it is more important than ever to manage your software licenses. More and more end ...more

  • Five Reasons Why Great ITAD is Like a Great Restaurant

    Five Reasons Why Great ITAD is Like a Great Restaurant

    From the outside looking in, most diners seem interchangeable. The provide affordable food, they often sport the same neon-clad decor and they will all have the same Certificate of Health and Safety framed behind the cash register. When you sit down, you’ll be handed laminated menus that will offer the same dishes as the diner ...more

  • Software Licence Reuse, an opportunity for savings in Europe

    Software Licence Reuse, an opportunity for savings in Europe

    Perpetual licences is still representing the vast majority of software expenditures in businesses and almost all of the installed bases. Since the decision of the European Court of Justice to legalize software licence reselling (C128-11 / 3 July 2012), a massive multi-billion euro secondary market for software reuse has raised in Europe, providing significant saving ...more