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Podcast: World class ITAM at The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company, $NYSE: HSY, 13,000 employees, 80 brands, $7BN Revenue I was invited to present at SHI’s SAM event in New Jersey back in April. During one of the interactive workshops I was fortunate to meet Rick Lacey, Global IT Asset Manager at the Hershey Company. Rick very kindly joined me on a call to share his experiences. World Class ITAM I consider what Rick and his team are doing... 

What does the ‘Cloud’ mean for ITAM?

  The term ‘Cloud’ has been a buzzword within ITAM for a few years now. We are constantly hearing about ‘cloud based storage’, ‘cloud based licenses’ and ‘cloud based software’. What exactly does the term ‘Cloud’ really mean for those within ITAM, and how will it affect day-to-day ITAM roles moving forward? What is the ‘Cloud?’ Cloud computing is basically a number of remote... 

Risk Management within ITAM

We often hear that IT Asset Management can help organisations manage their IT assets, and prevent any unwanted surprises. We believe that ITAM can help organisations avoid ‘messy situations’ and can help organisations become more aware of any existing or potential risks within their environment. With that said, we also believe that ITAM can help ‘clean-up’ any existing mess, through the use... 

Can iFixit fix it for wasted assets? Yes we can!

iFixit is a company on a mission — and that mission is to teach the world how to repair everything they own. But says the firm, a successful repair often hinges on consumers and users at every level having access to quality replacement parts. Oh yes… all this work is rigorously tested and backed with a lifetime warranty.  Free image: Wikipedia Simple logic — no part, no repair News... 

What you need to know – ITAM and Licensing Terms

  Key phrases;   Activation: When the software is installed, a serial number of activation code is required to unlock use to the software. Allows vendor to track activations and also allows them to stop any unauthorized installs. Application: Software name. Asset Management: Process where organisations collect, maintain and manage all of the assets it owns (hardware, software etc). Data can... 

Taking asset waste management to a new degree

Every professional calling should have a corresponding level of vocational education programmes devoted to ensuring best practice DNA is disseminated throughout each industry field — and, thankfully, asset management is not excluded from this truth. A new degree of hope: go forth and rid us of shoddy recycling & compliance issues my son (Blocksage pictured top left). Liverpool has its course... 

Cybersecurity and unused Software

‘I don’t mean to suggest that dealing with cybersecurity challenges can always be overcome with effective IT Asset Management, but it certainly reduces the size of the hole that is probably already in your organization’ This article has been contributed by Peter Beruk of 1E. Back in late 2013, David Bicket, former convener of Working Group 21 (WG21) for the ISO ITAM standard wrote a short... 

A Grande Mentira de Compliance

‘Grandes mentiras frequentemente voltam para assombrar o narrador.’ Ao longo de quase duas décadas de vida profissional, não é raro encontrar momentos em que me questiono se o que ouvimos de nossos clientes realmente é verdade. Trabalhando a maior parte do tempo como prestador de serviços cujo objetivo é assessorar os clientes a evitar riscos e estar de alguma forma, em conformidade... 

Managing applications on Mobile Assets – Part 1

Introduction What Mobile Applications will you allow within your organisation? This is part 1 of 2 on managing applications on mobile assets. Part 2 is coming soon! Mobile assets are becoming more important due to their increase in demand and now require serious management due to sensitive data and the costs associated with them. Managing mobile assets falls under the IT Asset Management (ITAM) remit... 

Secret Diary of an IT Manager – The Importance of Managing Hardware Assets

We recently spoke about free ITAM tools, gathering all of our software licenses and starting physical software audits. That was back in October, and 5 months on we are making good progress with our internal audits. However, we have encountered a number of other issues that we hadn’t considered.   Reporting I mentioned in my last article that whilst we have implemented free tools we could not...