ITAM Review Podcast Episode 24: ITAM Futures

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Ahead of our US & UK Annual Conferences this Autumn, Martin Thompson speaks with three representatives from a few of our Sponsors in the ITAM market who are invested in the growth and futures of ITAM. Martin speaks with: Cathy Won, BDNA Peter Zerger, Cireson Martin Prendergast, Concorde ITAM Futures Topics covered: From admin function to strategic – are we there yet? The increased convergence...

The Importance of IT Asset Lifecycle Management

Patricia Adams, ITAM expert at LANDESK
This article has been contributed by Patricia Adams, ITAM expert at LANDESK. The importance of IT Asset Lifecycle Management In today’s business environment, where some industries are performing well while others are struggling (e.g., oil, gas, mining retail), it is essential for companies to keep tight control of their IT spend to ensure that it is optimized. If possible, it is also important to...

Big Data and IT Asset Management: A marriage made in heaven or hell?

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Defining big data The term “big data” is thrown around these days as though it’s been around for a long time – the concept gained momentum in the early 2000s, but the term itself is still relatively new. The act of storing large amounts of information for analysis is ages old, but with the amount of big data being generated and stored growing exponentially day by day, there are three important...

How to sweat software assets

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  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...

Using Pizza to explain IBM Sub-Capacity

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Using Pizza to explain IBM Sub Capacity By Mark Feinman – Siwel Consulting My wife is a very smart woman, but when it comes to explaining to her what I do in IT, I might as well be speaking another language. And so it went when I was trying to describe to her the difference between IBM Sub-capacity and Full capacity as it pertains to IBM software. IBM defines Sub-capacity as follows: “Sub-capacity...

Expert Panel: The ITAM department of the future

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ITAM futures: Thinking ahead as ITAM develops as a discipline and progresses from administrative function to central business intelligence for IT decision making – where should it sit ideally within the business and how should it be resourced? I’ll be hosting a panel session at our conferences later this year entitled “The ITAM department of the future – from administration to leadership”....

Defining Roles for ITAM in a Midsize Company

Oren Gamble
This article has been contributed by Oren Gamble. Oren Gamble A quick scan of job boards shows that the larger a company is, the more likely it is to split its Information Technology Asset Management (ITAM) functions into different teams, one for hardware and one for software. In a large company there is sufficient work to justify employees being dedicated to one aspect of ITAM. Some companies even...

Automating Asset Request: Cheat Sheet

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In preparation for our training session next week I’ve included a link to an Asset Request cheat sheet. This includes things to think about when automating an asset request system and is to accompany the ‘Buyers Guide to App Stores and Request Fulfilment’. The next session on 26th May is entitled “Automating ITAM” and is module 5 of The ITAM Review 12 Box Training Program....

Buyers guide to App stores and request fulfillment

Asset request systems: Automated ITAM and Happy Customers
Asset request systems: Automated ITAM and Happy Customers Enterprise application stores or online asset request systems are a win-win. They present a great opportunity to automate ITAM, alleviate the ITAM team of customer facing admin whilst providing a better experience to customers. Best of all, we can bake in our governance and policy requirements into the system so our ITAM goals are automatically...

Quick guide to building a three-year roadmap

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This quick guide is to accompany module 4 of The ITAM Review 12 Box Training program “How to build a three year ITAM roadmap”. Further details regarding the module can be found here: http://www.itassetmanagement.net/training Where are you heading? One of the most common questions we get asked at The ITAM Review is ‘what metrics should I be measuring?’ I think a more appropriate question to...

Basic ITAM metrics and red flags for auditors

Audit guidance for Microsoft Partners checks for rounded figures as a sign of immaturity
One of my first blog posts on The ITAM Review back in 2008 referred to inventory accuracy and total number of assets. An accurate, up-to-date and dynamic view of the total number of IT hardware assets in an organisation is probably the most basic of ITAM metrics to monitor. “IT Asset count serves as a basic litmus test to assess the IT Asset Management maturity of an organisation. Asking five...

Infographic: Building the business case for ITAM

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As a result of our recent research into the business case for ITAM sponsored by Cireson, it is clear that software audits continue to dominate the industry as organizations admit to vendor audits being one of the biggest drivers for investment in ITAM and organizations are over-compensating by over-licensing their estates. The business case for ITAM The goal of this project was to identify how organizations...

Video: Good IT inventory begins with entitlement

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In preparation for the third module of our 12 Box Training Program next week (How to maintain trustworthy inventory data) I spoke with Danny Begg, SAM Technical Specialist at Home Retail Group. In this video Danny talks about: Why you should look entitlement first when considering inventory The 80/20 rule and license metrics Not one inventory tool does everything Working with security and other IT...

76% admit to over-licensing in fear of audits

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This article provides the results of our survey into the ITAM business case from November 2015. Thanks to our friends at Cireson for sponsoring this research. Introduction – The business case for ITAM The goal of this project was to identify how organizations measure the business case for ITAM, how do they quantify the business value of ITAM? Thanks to the 114 organizations from 23 different...

The ITAM Review UK & US Annual Conference 2016

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We’re very pleased and excited to announce details of our inaugural UK & US Annual Conferences!     The first 2-day ITAM Review Annual Conferences will take place at The University of South Florida in St. Petersburg in Florida, USA on 19th & 20th September 2016 and at Twickenham Stadium in London, UK on 4th & 5th October 2016. Twickenham Stadium, London St. Petersburg,...