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CASE STUDY: AUSTRIAN FEDERAL RAILWAYS (ÖBB) LAYING TRACK FOR SAM SUCCESS
When the ÖBB went looking for a Software Asset Management (SAM) system, the group demanded the same level of flexibility and efficiency that they provide every day to their customers. After vetting several SAM solutions, ÖBB found a tool that combined the flexibility and expertise to best negotiate their heterogeneous organizational structures.
Visit Aspera at www.aspera.com.
THE INDISPENSABLE CIO: A GUIDE TO PUTTING YOURSELF AT THE CENTER OF DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS
IT is increasingly being cut out of the decision-making and budgeting processes. The relationship with the rest of the business has changed irreversibly. This is being exacerbated by plethora of digital transformation projects where business leaders no longer feel reliant on IT. This is driving a divide between the business and IT, also known as the Disruption Gap. IT Leaders that fail to bridge the disruption gap will find themselves marginalized and unable to demonstrate their value to the business. This eBook explores:
- The opportunity for IT leaders to get visibility into software usage and spend
- How to become the chief broker of IT spend across the business
- Why a CIO should become an indispensable adviser to the business
Visit Snow Software at www.snowsoftware.com.
WHAT’S RIGHT AND WRONG WITH THE RFP PROCESS?
In this talk, IAITAM Fellow and SAM guru John Tomeny discusses how project managers can put together RFPs that lead to the most successful outcome for their projects. What information do vendors need in order to give an accurate estimate of time and cost, and how should it be organized? Are there ways to minimize the risk of confusion, delays, and scope creep, right from the start? How can you be sure that a vendor is qualified for the job? What is the difference between an RFP (Request for Proposal) and an RFI (Request for Information), and how do you know which one is appropriate in your particular situation? All these questions (and more) will be answered during this discussion—so don’t miss it!
Visit Sassafras Software at www.sassafras.com.
ITAM IS BROKEN – WHAT’S THE FUTURE?
THE NEED FOR AUTOMATION IN ITAM TODAY
ITAM today is a patchwork quilt. The way ITAM is practiced today is a patchwork quilt of multiple data sources, tools trying to make sense of those data sources and orchestrating it all expensive consultants and much manual effort by the tools vendors and end users to implement and maintain these systems. We at Belarc believe that the expense, manpower and time required for this approach is not productive and in the long run, not sustainable. A better approach would be to have all of these tasks automated with an end-to-end integrated system that does discovery, normalization, and presents the necessary results on a need to know basis to ITAM and other personnel in the organization.
Visit Belarc at www.belarc.com.
WHY IS SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT RELEVANT TO CLOUD TRANSITION?
Shifting from traditional software and delivery models to cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) poses several challenges to organizations, not least in terms of Software Asset Management. You’d be forgiven for thinking that migrating to the cloud will simplify your organization’s software license management stresses, but in reality things are potentially about to get a lot more complicated… and costly.
Migrating to the cloud will impact on both licensing compliance and financial exposure, as well as the prospect of managing a software estate split between traditional and cloud-based delivery models. Naturally, organizations must fully understand their current IT estate in order to make informed decisions about which users or instances to take to the cloud.
Visit License Dashboard at www.licensedashboard.com.
MAXIMIZING VALUE IN SOFTWARE AND CLOUD SERVICES PROCUREMENT
How Software License Optimization Empowers IT Procurement, Sourcing, and Vendor Management .
Visit Flexera at www.flexera.com.
TOP 3 WAYS IT ASSET MANAGEMENT CAN PROTECT A COMPANY’S BOTTOM-LINE
Organizations are constantly looking for ways to reduce their costs. There are many ways to monitor spending; however, technology is by far the most useful tool when it comes to managing your assets. Specifically, having an IT asset management solution in place is a perfect starting point to help control assets through the use of real-time statistics to help manage all assets and avoid system downtime which can help reduce operational costs. It is imperative for organizations to take control of their assets to watch their bottom-line and here’s how.
Visit NetSupport Inc at www.netsupport-inc.com.
BUILDING THE NEW BUSINESS CASE FOR ITAM
Many IT Asset Managers wish to improve their ITAM programs; however they struggle with obtaining executive buy-in, sponsorship and funding to make this happen.
The underlying issue is that many senior executives view ITAM as a cost burden rather than an investment in their business. Due to this pervasive point of view, the IT Asset Manager must prove and communicate to the leadership team the ITAM value proposition: that a solid ITAM program will lead to significant cost avoidance and savings opportunities, and represents an investment in the business.
This whitepaper outlines the steps necessary to build a compelling business case for ITAM, including facts and data that will support your stance.
Visit Siwel at siwel.com.
UNDERSTANDING MICROSOFT’S DESKTOP SERVICING POLICIES
This webinar discusses new semi-annual channel-based release and servicing policies for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus that organizations must understand to adequately plan for, test, deploy and secure their Microsoft desktops.
Visit Directions On Microsoft at www.directionsonmicrosoft.com.
FALL 2017 ERACENT-GARTNER NEWSLETTER
Eracent’s latest newsletter features concise, informative articles about Cloud Infrastructure and SaaS Application usage, Security in Mobile environments, SAM and CMDB Data Normalization and more. It also includes highlights from Gartner’s “Market Guide for Software Asset Management Tools”, which outlines six key activities that define an effective SAM tool.
Visit Eracent at www.eracent.com.
PREPARING FOR GDPR
Is your company ready for the GDPR? With the risk of non-compliance leading to potential fines of up to 20 million euros or 4% of annual global turnover, it is vital that all companies processing, storing, or accessing data in the EU or on EU citizens are compliant with the regulations. Join us for this informative webinar as we look at the steps an organization should take to ensure compliance from an ITAD perspective, including:
- Audit trails and certification – Doing it is one thing. Proving it is another!
- Selecting an appropriate partner – Not all service providers are created equal.
- Data destruction methods – how far do you really need to go?
Visit Arrow at www.arrow.com/s-tech.
CUTTING THE COST OF SOFTWARE FOR STATE GOVERNMENT
Software asset management tools and benchmarking data help organizations reduce spending on software licensing and improve compliance to contracts. While this paper focuses on two government organizations, the same principles apply to organizations of all types and sizes, public and private sector.
Visit ISAM at www.isamgroup.com.
DATA DESTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS IN TODAY’S HYPER-RISK ENVIRONMENT
The accelerating pace of new technology introductions, shortened product lifecycles, and recent security breaches has re-ignited the IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) industry. As OEMs upgrade equipment to remain competitive, ITAD organizations are tasked with the safe and assured recycling or disposal of redundant or obsolete hardware to eliminate any possible risks to their clients’ brand reputations.
This paper examines the methods available for secure data destruction from wiping to the “ultimate destruction” of smelting.
Visit Sipi Asset Recovery at www.sipiar.com.
DEBUNKING THE 3-PASS DATA WIPE REQUIREMENT
There is still a perception among information security professionals that the legacy 3-pass Department of Defense “standard” is the only sufficient method of data sanitization. In fact, this isn’t really a standard at all, and it has become obsolete due to new data storage technologies and the proliferation of media with non-volatile memory that might contain sensitive data. Worse yet, if an organization only focuses on the data sanitization method used to wipe data, they may lose sight of the more likely threats to information breaches arising from the mismanagement of these assets. This paper provides information on how to extend best management practices for data security to IT assets designated for retirement, and it dispels some myths related to various data destruction options.
Visit Cascade Asset Management at www.cascade-assets.com/.
EVOLVING SOFTWARE NORMS REQUIRE PROACTIVE FONTS LICENSING: IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SAFE NOW?
If you manage a team, or are responsible for the technology used by teams, you know that getting the right type and number of software licenses is critical to keeping your team productive.
As most creative work relies upon fonts, it’s imperative that you also consider proper font licensing and tracking as part of your software compliance efforts.
We invite you to explore this topic with software licensing expert, Henry W. Jones III.
Visit Extensis at www.extensis.com/.
A CLOUDY VIEW: WHY VISIBILITY IS AN IMPERATIVE
Transparency of IT assets is essential for security, performance, and management, according to a new CIO QuickPulse survey of CIOs and IT leaders. Read on to find out why visibility of your IT applications on the cloud is today’s imperative.
Visit Flexera and BDNA at www.flexera.com/.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: IBM’S REVISED PASSPORT ADVANTAGE AGREEMENT
IBM has revised their Passport Advantage Agreement and has tightened their licensing terms. Major changes relating to IBM’s audit and compliance strategy have been added, which place certain timelines on clients. Within the webinar we will provide an overview of the major Passport Advantage changes and help inform clients on how the changes will impact them.
Visit Anglepoint at www.anglepoint.com.
THE POWER OF A SINGLE PLATFORM FOR DELIVERING ADVANCED SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT
When it comes to managing hardware and software assets across today’s complex IT estates, the chances are you’re having to juggle a number of different solutions, which in itself presents some key challenges. These include:
- Unnecessary cost & complexity of managing multiple products from different vendors
- Multiple user interfaces and no common user experience
- Disparate data, with no means of easy access
- Poor reporting and business intelligence
- Inability to integrate with ITSM or other systems
This presentation will outline how a single platform approach can help address these challenges and deliver real value.
Visit Certero at www.certero.com.
UNDERSTANDING DATA DESTRUCTION: HOW TO PROPERLY PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS
This document is designed to provide a practical understanding of data erasure and disc sanitization, why it is essential for security, legal and business concerns and the methods and techniques accessible to the reader.
Visit Liquid Technology at www.liquidtechnology.net.
MUST-ASK QUESTIONS FOR EVALUATING AN IT ASSET DISPOSITION VENDOR
There are many aspects that need to be considered when finding a vendor to reuse or recycle your IT assets. In the long run, selecting the right provider will protect you from data breaches, increase return to your bottom-line, and keep you out of litigation for improper disposal. This white paper details the critical, must-ask questions when evaluating ITAD vendors. By focusing on the responses to these key questions, you can ensure that your provider will meet or exceed your expectations for data security, compliance, and value recovery.
Visit Dynamic Recycling at www.dynamicrecycling.com.
IAITAM GRAY PAPER
EU PRIVACY LAWS – NOT ONLY FOR EU ORGANIZATIONS
In the US, there is not an all-encompassing law regulating the collection and processing of personal data. However, personal data of EU citizens and corporations can only be collected under strict conditions and for a legitimate purpose. Those organizations with employees or customers in the EU, regardless of location, need to be aware and understand their requirements under the law.
The main component of the EU data protection law is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is an attempt by the EU to enforce consistency and compliance by forcing businesses to take the steps necessary to safeguard and respect their customers’ privacy by ensuring that data is managed compliantly. Even with different approaches, an employer in either the US or EU does not have unlimited discretion to surveil employee email and IT activity. However, and so long as the employer has a legitimate interest that outweighs the employees right to privacy, which is a real and protected right, then such an interest will not be impeded by the judiciary in either jurisdiction.
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