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Introducing David Foxen

David Foxen – don’t ask him to do anything too crazy! I am very pleased to welcome David Foxen to the team! David is joining us as ITAM Research Analyst and is our 5th employee! Who is David? David joins us from Arup where he was the Global Software Asset Manager. He has extensive knowledge of both SAM and software licensing. In his own words: Why do you love ITAM? What’s not to love? It’s... 

Oracle License Management Tools Group Test – The Results

This is an independent review and comparison of specialist tools for managing Oracle licensing. Solutions reviewed: Easytrust Flexera Software HP Lime Software Snow Software How are Oracle databases configured?  Whilst Oracle has hundreds of product lines, ITAM Review readers told us that the proliferation of Oracle databases and their configuration was a key concern. It should also be noted that... 

Process of the Month – Joiners, Movers and Leavers Process

CMDB is a golden source Sometimes within Software Asset Management we become so focused on producing an audit and reconciliation report, that we miss the bigger picture in taking state data and converting it into a tangible business decision.  One such area often overlooked is that of IT asset status and ownership.  This Joiners, Movers and Leavers Process is just such a policy, but its implementation... 

Can I sell my surplus software licenses?

I’m writing this blog following recent news of a dispute between Microsoft and second-hand licensing specialist Discount Licensing. In particular, I’m keen to publish an independent message in light of the nonsense being stated by FAST in the press over the last few days. I’ve covered the common questions that crop up when discussing second-hand software – if you have any others or... 

SAM MSP Group Test – The Results

I am pleased to announce my report on SAM Managed Service Providers (MSP) is now available. Download the full report here: (registration required) http://download.itassetmanagement.net/sam-msp/ A competitive comparison of specialist SAM providers An independent review of leading worldwide SAM Managed Service Providers This group test looks at the capabilities of six leading SAM Managed Service Providers:... 

Process of the Month – Software Rationalisation Process

Assign a status of Red (to be removed), Amber (can stay for now) and Green (preferred) Following on from last month’s process of Maintaining a Supported Software Catalogue, we have another process that seemingly appears inconsequential but again, can add great value to the business – and that is the Process of Software Rationalisation. Having assigned a status of Red (to be removed), Amber (can... 

Podcast: Oracle License Management

This is our first foray into Podcasting, so forgive me if it’s a bit rough around the edges. In this session we delve into Oracle, Oracle Licensing and Oracle License Management. Thanks very much to our guests and Oracle experts: Piaras MacDonnell, Craig Guarente and Richard Spithoven (their full contact details are below). We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it. Discussion... 

2013: A Year in ITAM Review

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As 2013 begins to draw to a close, I thought it would be nice to finish off the year with a final article that’s an overview of what has happened at the ITAM Review over the last 12 months.  That’s right, this will be our last post for 2013 because the entire team is heading off to fill their faces with mince pies and sherry. But don’t worry we’ll be back... 

Process of the Month – Maintain a Supported Software Catalogue Process

This is one of those “fly-wheel” processes in SAM that doesn’t often exist, but can seriously punch above its own weight.  Maintaining a Supported Software Catalogue takes SAM audit and reconciliation data beyond pure SAM boundaries, and can feed Business Intelligence back into the company via the Service Desk function. Maintain a Supported Software Catalogue Process Primary Objective: To annually... 

Navigating the cloud: Why SAM is more important than ever

BSA/Anglepoint “Is SAM still necessary if a company moves to the cloud? The answer is an unequivocal yes” In 2011 we conducted some research into ‘ITAM in the Cloud’ with Victoria Barber from Gartner. At the time, ITAM Review readers were telling us: a)   For the most part Cloud contracts had not quite hit their desk and scope of remit… b)   …But they were expected it to do...