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  • Are you compliant with your Oracle ULA in the Public Cloud?

    Are you compliant with your Oracle ULA in the Public Cloud?

    Approximately 10 years ago, Oracle Corporation started to sell the right to make use of its software programs in a so-called “all you can eat” type of agreement called “Unlimited License Agreement” (ULA). An Unlimited License Agreement provides an end user the right to unlimitedly deploy and use a limited amount of Oracle programs for ...more

  • Printer Asset Management - Managing Printers & their Vendors

    Printer Asset Management - Managing Printers & their Vendors

    Are printers part of your estate or IT portfolio? If you answered “yes” to the above question, then the next logical series of questions are “How do you manage them?” and “Are these assets managed according to your IT Asset Management standards and objectives?”. Many organizations are looking to streamline support of printers through helpdesk integration (ie. ...more

  • The Scope of IT Asset Management:  Results of the 2017 IAITAM Practitioner Survey

    The Scope of IT Asset Management:  Results of the 2017 IAITAM Practitioner Survey

    The practitioner survey for the IT Asset Management (ITAM) profession is undertaken to provide evidence for how successful the profession, the ITAM program and the individuals in the profession are   and, when feasible, with historical comparison.  Some of the core questions that capture the goals for the survey are: How pervasive across industries are formal ...more

  • The Client’s Perspective

    The Client’s Perspective

    In conversations I had with electronics recycling professionals at industry conferences over the last year, I often heard complaints when the discussion turned to enterprise clients. Typically, the frustration from e-scrap executives sounded something like this: “The IT person I have to work with is clueless about the e-scrap industry.” I teach IT asset disposition management ...more

  • Improving the Audit Experience

    Improving the Audit Experience

    “I am a rock, I am an island,” sang Simon and Garfunkel. Obviously they never got to work in IT audit. No, being a licensing professional today is very much about collaborative endeavor, and supporting business practices and strategies aimed at placing technology at the very center of the enterprise. Hence why we hear the word ...more

  • DON’T GET LOST WITHOUT IT ASSET MANAGEMENT GPS

    DON’T GET LOST WITHOUT IT ASSET MANAGEMENT GPS

    Managing expectation is crucial in any long-term joint endeavor. It is critical to get all stakeholders moving in the same direction at the same time to achieve aligned goals. Meeting expectations is the best way to measure the progress or success of any endeavor. When the processes and stakeholders involved in an endeavor are as ...more

  • BEWARE of the New IBM Changes in your PPA Agreement

    BEWARE of the New IBM Changes in your PPA Agreement

    IBM quietly makes subtle changes to the International Passport Advantage Agreement (IPAA), which is the primary vehicle to purchase IBM middleware products such as DB2 and Websphere. The changes come with very little, if any, communication by their account team with their clients. The first time most customers are made aware of the financial impact ...more

  • ITAD at a High Level, Three things to Consider

    ITAD at a High Level, Three things to Consider

    If you are tasked with disposal of used or surplus IT assets, data security probably ranks as your number one concern — and for good reason. But considering a range of other issues could help you maximize your value recovery. Read on for 3 significant factors to consider in finding your best ITAD vendor match. 3 ...more

  • The Highest Net Return on Retired Assets

    The Highest Net Return on Retired Assets

    Take a moment to consider the priorities of your organization’s mission statement and goals. Undoubtedly, you will find a few consistencies with the themes of accountability, profitability, and sustainability represented in some fashion. These key goals should be the same elements that drive your IT Asset Disposition Process. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) used these three guiding principles ...more

  • Where are My IT Assets?

    Where are My IT Assets?

    At Radiant, we define Asset Accountability as an operational standard achieved when assets accurately self-report: that they exist; that the organization still owns them, and where they are. As organizations grow and acquire assets, accountability gaps can create significant challenges. Enterprise Accountability Challenges For enterprise organization, asset accountability challenges impact the entire organization and create risk in ...more

  • EXTENDED AND UNPREDICTABLE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

    EXTENDED AND UNPREDICTABLE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

    Nearly all organisations depend on software for their business, regardless of what their business is. The software that is used provide great benefits; efficiency, involving and interacting with customers and business partners, shipping and invoicing, production to name but a few. But sometimes there are, as the title suggests, problems, and that is when the ...more

  • The Role of Policy in the ITAM Maturity Process

    The Role of Policy in the ITAM Maturity Process

    No one can dispute that IT assets and the information that they process, store and transmit present a huge risk to organizations. Every organization has the responsibility to protect their data from hackers and phishers, and that means that it is imperative to shape human behavior as it relates to the handling of IT assets. ...more

  • The way to hell (prison) is paved with good intentions

    The way to hell (prison) is paved with good intentions

    Can I take something that's free and then sell it? Eric Lundgren, one of the "pioneers and biggest enthusiasts of e-recycling", (as Washigton Post describes him), a man who devoted his life and business to the renewal and re-use of discarded electronics, has been sued to the Florida Court by Microsoft, claiming lost profits and copyright ...more

  • Yes! You, Too, Can Fail Miserably at a Hardware Inventory!

    Yes! You, Too, Can Fail Miserably at a Hardware Inventory!

    Part I First, don’t plan! Planning indicates a desire to succeed. We can’t have that. Employee count is unnecessary. It couldn’t possibly matter if you have 17 employees or 17,000, right? It shouldn’t have any bearing on your inventory timeline, after all. Don’t get floor plans from Facilities. These floor plans might tell you where little hidey-holes ...more

  • Managing “Things”: The New Competitive Imperative for Enterprises

    Managing “Things”: The New Competitive Imperative for Enterprises

    Ushering in a new era of automation The Internet of Things (IoT) is here and enterprises are suddenly grappling with how to take full advantage of and manage the explosion of assets, or “things,” within and outside of their organizations. The massive influx of IoT devices are predicted to save time and money and provide better ...more