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IAITAM European Annual Conference and Exhibition, May 26-28, Budapest, Hungary

IAITAM’s first ever European conference will take place in the beautiful city of Budapest “The IAITAM 2014 EUROPEAN ACE kicks off Sunday evening, May 25th, at 6:00pm with an opening reception. This Pre-Conference Event is the perfect networking opportunity for you to catch up with old friends and make new business contacts as we kick-off the IAITAM 2014 Spring Annual Conference and Exhibition.” The... 

Network Discovery Data Quality

This article has been contributed by Thomas Trenz, CEO at JDisc. More and more companies adapt their IT processes to the ITIL best practices to increase the efficiency of their IT service management. According to Wikipedia, ITIL “is a set of practices for IT service management (ITSM) that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business. In its current form (known as ITIL 2011 edition),... 

Trends in licensing, the future of ITAM and 5,000 subscribers

An Amazon voucher is winging its way towards our 5,000th newsletter subscriber Congratulations to David Shaffer who has won a Amazon voucher for being our 5,000th opt-in email newsletter subscriber. David works for Murphy Oil USA Inc based in El Dorado, Arkansas. About our newsletter: The first newsletter was sent in 2008 to about 30 folks from my network telling them about goings-on in the ITAM... 

Navigating the Political Storm Of ITAM

Anne Watson This article was contributed by Anne Watson, Senior Systems Engineer/Altiris Consultant at Intuitive Technology Group. In my experience, IT Asset Management (ITAM) is rarely embarked upon as a proactive initiative.  Adopting this program is often the result of a software audit or a half-hearted attempt to demonstrate compliance for SOX or other outside auditing entities.  It is not true... 

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... 

How do you convince the CFO?

Stop the CFO from wanting to show you the exit As an IT asset management consultant, I’m in this business because I want to be remembered for making a difference. But ‘making a difference’ can mean different things to different people. For the CFO for example, making a difference generally means one of two things – helping them to reduce their budgets while reducing risks to the business. While... 

Assessment Criteria: Inventory and Discovery Tool Selection Group Test

It’s time for another “Inventory Tools and Discovery” battle! In March, we are planning a refresh of our 2011 review focusing on Inventory and Discovery Tool selection. The aim of this review is to showcase best of breed Inventory products, highlight the key differentiators and innovation in the inventory tools space and give readers of The ITAM Review impartial market intelligence... 

Oomnitza: IT Asset Management on your smartphone

January marked the seventh anniversary of the launch of the iPhone. Looking back at the launch, it’s remarkable how many product features Steve Jobs announced that are now taken for granted; touch screen, multi-touch, large music library on your phone etc. One of the most transformative impacts of the smartphone and associated apps is the plethora of devices we no longer need. For many folks, who... 

Five pillars of a proactive ITAM practice

This is a chapter from a book entitled “Software Asset Management (SAM) ~ the first ninety days“. I plan to publish each chapter online before publishing the whole book as a low cost ebook or paperback. I welcome your feedback and criticism along the way. Please either leave a comment on the individual chapters or get in touch. A summary of all chapters can be found here. Five pillars... 

Communications, the key to success or failure

Stephen Becker This article is an interview with Stephen Becker, IT Asset Manager at Seagate Technology LLC, and is based on his recent presentation “Communications, the key to success or failure” at the IAITAM Fall conference earlier this month. So what exactly is your day job? I am a SuperHero of software licensing. Wait, thats my persona. I am an IT Asset Manager focusing on software...