2016 SAM Tools Universe

Assessment criteria and weighting for the SAM Tools Universe
I am pleased to announce the publication of our ‘2016 SAM Tools Universe‘ report, an independent assessment of leading SAM tools for large enterprises. It has taken us the best part of eight months to compile the research, sorry for the delay. Starting in February and originally planned for a June 2016 publication, the project was delayed due to a) the limited time of the vendors participating,...

Colin Simmons, Kingfisher: “Maintaining momentum in your ITAM practice”

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In preparation for our next training webinar on the 29th September I spoke with Colin Simmons, Group IT Asset Manager at Kingfisher IT Services about his approach to reporting and ensuring senior management stay engaged with ITAM.   In this video Colin covers:   How reporting requirements change over time as your ITAM practice matures and trust and reputation are built The value of concise...

Event Listing: A Taste of SAM, 28th October, London

Aspera Agenda
I’ve been invited to participate in an event on 28th October hosted by SAM tool manufacturer Aspera, which promises “A taste of SAM”: “The SAM Conference London by Aspera promises to satisfy your SAM cravings with a comprehensive roster of presentations covering everything from audits and application rationalization to SAP. Save room for dessert and network with international...

Creating harmonious relationships with software publishers and auditors

Can we create harmonious relationships with software publishers and their auditors or will it always be a fight?
Can we create harmonious relationships with software publishers and their auditors or will it always be a fight? How can ITAM professionals create more harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships with software publishers and their auditors? Ahead of the audit defence panel sessions being held at our conferences this year we spoke to some ITAM industry specialists on their approach to building...

The rising importance of user management

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In this video Filipa Preston, CEO of Software Optimization Services (SOS), shares why she believes user management is a growing priority for Software Asset Managers. SOS are based out of Perth in Australia and won the Microsoft SAM Partner of the Year 2016. Key talking points: Cost control and efficiency via user allocation User profiles as new priority for ITAM Without user management organizations...

ServiceNow enters SAM market by the back door, upsets partners

Partners actively promoting ServiceNow - who now have their own competitive offering
Partners actively promoting ServiceNow – who now have their own competitive offering I’ve heard from ITAM Review readers that ServiceNow is approaching them with a full SAM offering in partnership with another software company. This is in direct competition and conflict to their verified integrations in the ServiceNow store with the likes of Flexera and Snow. Historically they have offered...

Event: ISO/IEC ITAM Standards Summit

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ITAM Standards Summit from WG21 A public event to discuss ISO/IEC ITAM Standards Working Group 21 (WG21), the group that develops ITAM standards, is hosting an industry summit to share the latest developments in standards and provide an opportunity for worldwide ITAM practitioners to connect to, and interact and share their feedback with, the people who have created, and are developing the ITAM standards. Summit...

Nominees announced for ITAM Review 2016 Excellence Awards

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The ITAM Review Excellence Awards 2016, 25th November, Crowne Plaza, Reading, UK. The ITAM Review Excellence Awards return for 2016, and I’m delighted to share that we’ve received double the amount of nominations as last year, with over 200 nominations from 25 countries. Building on the success of our 2015 Awards, our quest continues to shine a light on innovation and excellence in the ITAM market: “The...

How to conquer complex licensing

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Our 12-box training module back in June covered ‘How to sweat software assets’ and manage entitlement, this month we extend the topic by looking at the dependencies that exist between data types and ‘How to conquer (or at least begin to tame) complex licensing’. A poll during the entitlement module told us that 48% of you have good visibility of what is purchased, entitled to use, terms...

Microsoft: “Shelfware should be conceded”

Mark Bradford, Microsoft : "Shelfware should be conceded"
Mark Bradford, Microsoft : “Shelfware should be conceded” Mark Bradford, UK head of Software Asset Management (SAM) and Compliance at Microsoft, suggests that Shelfware should be conceded and customers should not be punished for honest mistakes. “Bradford said his group, responsible for working with channel firms to perform reviews of customers, didn’t want to punish “honest...

Land and expand…. what is possible when SAM is done right

Filipa Preston, CEO, Software Optimization Services
In the video below I interview Filipa Preston, CEO of Software Optimization Services from Perth in Australia. Filipa describes her recent Microsoft 2016 SAM Partner of the Year award and how the case study that won her company the award was a text book example of the value possible with SAM. Meet Filipa at our USA conference in September. Land and expand…. what is possible when SAM is done right Unified...

Avoiding the audit-deal-cloud rinse cycle

b.lay
Richard Spithoven (Top) and Patrick de Veer (Bottom) from b.lay. Videos coming soon on The ITAM Review. I was lucky enough to visit Utrecht in the Netherlands recently to see the nice folks from b.lay, one of the winners of the ITAM Review 2015 Excellence Awards (Nominations are open for 2016 here). We spent some time recording videos in preparation for our conferences later this year; I look forward...

Podcast Episode 22: News Round

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In this Podcast, Martin Thompson is joined by Danny Begg, SAM Technical Specialist at HRG and Rory Canavan, Owner at SAM Charter to discuss the all things ITAM and the latest news in the industry. Danny Begg Rory Canavan Topics Covered: Computing: Oracle accused of ‘improper accounting’ in attempt to pump-up cloud sales. Rich Gibbons on LinkedIn: Microsoft retires the Volume Licensing and SAM...

Please help with the CCL Audit Census

Campaign for Clear Licensing
Audit Census: Please support Campaign for Clear Licensing research into Software Audit activity and the role of the big four audit firms Please participate in our Audit Census The purpose of this survey is to investigate current software audit activity. This research revisits themes from our software audit survey back in 2010 when we asked who was auditing most frequently and who was most helpful...

How to sweat software assets

The 12 box plan
  How do we make our software assets work hard and generate every last drop of value? Our 12-box training module last month covered automation and the ITAM request process (82% of you told us you had semi-automated ITAM requests, 18% were still doing things manually). This month we turn our attention to Entitlement and in particular how to sweat software assets. We will also cover how to prepare...