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Whitepaper: Six stages to building a valuable SAM practice

I recently co-authored a whitepaper with Jim Barrett from Dimension Data entitled “Six stages to building a valuable SAM practice”. You can find a direct link to the whitepaper here (no registration required). Executive Summary This paper provides a modern and practical approach to building a valuable Software Asset Management (SAM) function within your business.  The six stages recommended allow... 

ITAM Review Research & Events Plan for 2016

ITAM Review plans for 2016 We’ve got a lot planned in 2016. This is a quick round up of our plans for research, reviews and events for the year. Research Projects Independent open research projects covering the ITAM market. The role of the big four audit firms in the software industry (in conjunction with the Campaign for Clear Licensing) Software vendor audit activity –  revisiting... 

Event Listing: SAMday Moscow, 23rd March 2016

SAMday in Moscow I am pleased to be presenting at ‘SAMday’ being organised by itSMF Russia. ‘SAMday’ takes place on March 23rd at the Aerostar Hotel in Moscow. You can find our more info on the event and register at http://samday.org/. I look forward to connecting with Russian SAM professionals in March. Any ITAM Review readers from Moscow please come and say hi! Thanks, Martin SAMday... 

Call for participants: Enterprise SAM Tools Review

Who is the current market leader for SAM tools for large enterprises? This is a call for tool manufacturers to participate in our independent assessment of the Enterprise SAM tools market. We are well overdue a market-wide comparison of SAM tools. We last did a comprehensive comparison of SAM tools in 2011. See ‘Market Synopsis for Enterprise SAM Tools 2011‘. In comparison to our recent... 

Quick Guide to ITAM Tools Strategy

Many organisations will have to work with a federated view of asset data This article is an introduction to ITAM tools strategy and is aimed at IT professionals new to the world of ITAM who might be beginning to explore their ITAM requirements. Why do we need a strategy? Can’t I just buy a tool and install it? Most IT professionals reading this are managing incredibly complex and dynamic environments... 

Audit Defence Checklist – Nice to have, negotiable or non-negotiable terms

Nice to have, negotiable or non-negotiable This audit defence / software contract negotiation checklist has kindly been shared by Chris Moffett for The ITAM Review community. Thanks Chris! This list contains items that are nice to have, negotiable or non-negotiable for inclusion in your next audit defence or contract negotiation. If you have any other items to add to this list or have an alternative... 

Building the business case for ITAM

This article is to support module 1: “How to secure and maintain senior management support for IT Asset Management” An ITAM Review reader asked: “What data do I need to collect to show the value of my ITAM practice”? This article attempts to answer that question, from starting from scratch with a business case, through implementation and building out an ITAM practice, to business as usual... 

Talking ITAM with the CIO: Make it Agile

In preparation for the first module of our 12 Box Training Program this week I spoke with Tony Crawley, Managing Director of Synyega and winner of both the ITAM Professional of the Year 2015 and the ITAM Project of the Year 2015. In this video Tony talks about his experiences communicating effectively with senior management teams about ITAM and maintaining momentum in your ITAM function. Talking ITAM... 

Beware Secondary Software FUD

SAM tool vendor Snow Software reports that Adobe has lost a case of reselling secondary software in the USA that has good implications for the US secondary software market. See: Adobe loses courtroom battle. It is great to see Snow Software (ITAM Review Tool Provider of the Year 2015 as voted for by customers) joining their ITAM industry peers such as Flexera Software in creating a useful blog with... 

Mars Inc. sue Oracle over audit tactics

A mars a day keeps Oracle away The $33BN food giant Mars Inc. took Oracle to court in October. There is a good coverage and analysis by Dave Welch of House of Brick here: http://houseofbrick.com/mars-vs-oracle/ In short: Oracle offered Mars a ‘Review’ Oracle threatened to withdrawal their support contract if Mars didn’t cooperate Use of VMware, the definition of a user and audit tactics were...