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Office 365 licensing restrictions push Reed towards Google Apps

The technology landscape is shifting all the time with changes being brought about by virtualization, mobility and cloud. With this dynamism and force for change in mind, I was particularly interested to speak this week to Mark Ridley, head of technology at the UK job site Reed.co.uk to learn first hand how licensing can affect technology strategy. Industry bodies such as the BSA and FAST tend to rely... 

Flexera earns its US federal defense stripes

Application Usage Management company Flexera Software has been added to the US Department of Defense (DOD) list of approved providers for IT Asset Management. US federal defense agencies can now use FlexNet Manager Suite to help implement new Software License Optimization provision in the National Defense Authorization Act. As a specialist provider to enterprises and governments, the firm is no doubt... 

An ITAM bull’s-eye: detection & removal of unused software

Arup is best know for its design work for the built environment such as 30 St. Mary Axe a.k.a 'The Gherkin' in London (for which Arup were structural engineers). Software efficiency vendor 1E has sold its license optimisation tool to structural engineering firm Arup. The tool itself is designed to connect with Microsoft’s System Centre Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) and run analytics from... 

VUG Interview: Jeff Ferguson on ITAM and ERP Integration

Jeff Ferguson I plan to publish an interview with an ITAM Review Virtual User Group member once a month (assuming we have enough volunteers!). In this first interview I ask Jeff Ferguson, an ITAM and Technical Procurement Professional in the USA about his experiences with a project to integrate ITAM and ERP. Jeff shares his lessons learnt and offers advice to ITAM’s taking on similar projects. “As... 

Mutual of Omaha Case Study – Controlling Maintenance and Enhancement Spend

Mutual of Omaha - Controlling M&E Spend Thanks to the Infrastructure Executive Board for sharing this great case study. It details how Nebraska based Mutual of Omaha took a proactive approach to their ongoing maintenance and enhancement spend using usage monitoring. SAM specialists David Mansfield and Paul ‘Doc’ Burnham describe the three pillars of their project:Usage based license... 

Software Asset Management; How to Save $1M Dollars

Many statements are bandied about the industry on how much you can save with Software Asset Management, for example: “Organizations can realize cost savings between 5% and 35% by implementing focussed software asset management practices” Gartner Less common, are examples of organisations explaining how they actually went about it. It is a strange phenomenon in the ITAM industry, organizations are... 

Bristol-Myers Squibb SAM Case Study

As a result of the work I did with the Infrastructure Executive Board last year I am able to share  a great SAM case study. It details how Bristol-Myers Squibb, a global BioPharmaceutical company with over 30,000 employees implemented their software asset management process. It is a vendor neutral study which details their approach to software requisition, metafields used in their software management... 

State of California Green IT Policy To Deliver $40M in Savings

If there is one common trend over the last couple of years it’s automation. For example “Give me intelligence from my asset data without hundreds of hours of crunching” and “Give me more out of the box functionality” are common requests in the 2010 tools census. The ability to build pretty drag and drop pivots on data streams on their own do not cut it. Users want automation, rapid time... 

GlaxoSmithKline Sheds 6 Tons of E-Waste

I had the pleasure to meet with Paul Baum and Ed Stukane from PlanITROI at IAITAM last year. Here they share their GSK case study.Martin ThompsonMartin is owner and founder of the The ITAM Review and The ITSM Review.Martin is also founder and Chair, Campaign for Clear Licensing. A contributor to the British Computer Society (BCS) Configuration Management Group and contributor to the UK itSMF... 

Swinton Insurance Choose Certero

Certero are a relative newcomer to the ITAM industry but seem to be gaining traction with their AssetStudio product. Swinton Insurance are a UK based high street retailer of Insurance products and have chosen Certero to provide a solution that gives complete visibility of its IT assets. Commenting, Steve Baxter, head of service delivery at Swinton Insurance, explains, Martin ThompsonMartin is owner...