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Expired IT Assets as a profit centre

Following the recent announcement by U.S. Micro that it is to become the exclusive provider of ITAD services to Macquarie Equipment Finance’s (MEF) North American customers, I spoke with Herb Biggers, Chairman of the Board, and Jim Kegley, Founder, President and CEO of U.S. Micro Corporation to understand a little more detail about the relationship between the two organisations. So what new and exciting... 

How to teach your CFO about ITAM

The relationship between IT asset management, finance and procurement is the subject of the upcoming Gartner summit (10-11 October in London) and builds on recent research into the growing importance and inter-relation of these three topics.  So with this in mind here are some thoughts from the upcoming summit that will help inform your CFO. Where ITAM and Finance intersect Any CFO is initially going... 

North America Leading The Way In ITAD

North America Leading the Way in ITAD At the IAITAM Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas last October there was a significant depth of interest in ITAD; an ITAD Vendor was a platinum sponsor of the conference, a whole track with many interesting sessions was devoted to ITAD, and in the exhibition hall at least a third of the exhibitors were from or related to the ITAD industry. This made me... 

Vendor Management in an Age of Austerity

Building Long Term Mutually Beneficial Relationships By Martin Chalkley, Regular columnist and ITAM Review Analyst. See other articles from Martin here. Asset Management as a discipline is likely to touch not only several internal stakeholders and customers, but also a number of your delivery partners, be they a desktop managed service, disposal service, data centre hosting or potentially, depending... 

Should ITAM Own Budget?

By Martin Chalkley, ITAM Review Analyst. See other articles from Martin here. If you want to reduce cost, owning the budget is the first step It’s an all too familiar story, taking care of someone else’s finances is not always as important as looking after your own. Having the responsibility of money is one area that truly focuses the mind in rationalising how you spend it. Before the free availability... 

Printing is Ripe for a Green IT Makeover

Steve Fowler, AstuteIT This article has been contributed by Steve Fowler of AstuteIT. Martin Chalkley’s first article advocating process and behavioral change to aid printing efficiency, rather than outsourcing to a Managed Print Services provider, resonated with my own findings of the challenges organisations are facing. These are not only driven by economics, but also by sustainable IT. Incorporating... 

What is Contract Management?

Magna Carta Memorial, Runnymede, UK By Martin Chalkley, ITAM Review Analyst. See other articles from Martin here. For the last 8 months or so there has been an interesting forum discussion on the LinkedIn Group – IACCM Contract and Commercial Management, the subject title being “What is Contract Management”.  Here follows a consolidated overview of the opinions shared in that thread. History... 

Are You Paying Too Much For Your Mobile Service?

This is the second article from ITAM Review Analyst Martin Chalkley. See other articles from Martin here. Mobile telephony, be it straight mobile phones, Blackberries or Data Cards is one area which can yield surprising savings.  These days all these devices have become de-facto tools of the enterprise.  Maintaining an open channel of communication for employees is now a standard requirement in... 

Printer Managed Service – Have You Exhausted the In-House Options First?

Changing Print Behaviour This is the first article from ITAM Review Analyst Martin Chalkley. When it comes to cost management there are some areas where it is believed that savings will be made by transitioning to a managed service as all the internal options have been reviewed.  Usually they have not been fully understood yet rarely admitted to.  One common area is the trend to move to a managed...