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IAITAM Preview: Audit Defense – What Every CIO Should Know

Bernhard Boehler Ahead of the IAITAM Spring Conference taking place in Las Vegas, April 28 – May 1, I interviewed Bernhard Boehler, Co-founder and CEO at Aspera, about his presentation  “Audit Defense – What Every CIO Should Know”. In just a few words, tell us what it is you do. What does an average day look like for you? Well my kids call me Dad, but after breakfast with my family is over,... 

Assessment Criteria: IBM Feature and Product Review

In September of this year, we will be kicking off a special feature dedicated to IBM Licensing and IBM License Management. The feature will include guides, opinion as well as reviews of SAM products suitable for managing IBM licensing. Overview This will be our fifth deep dive feature aimed at large software publishers and follows similar deep dives into Adobe and Oracle Licensing, as well as the... 

How do SAM managers spend their time?

The SAM manager is embedded in SAM every day. They know what it entails. Their job can feel like an uphill struggle against numerous forces inside and outside the organization. As we all know, managing an organization’s licenses is no mean feat. It is a complex balancing act where the SAM manager must divide up their time between different tasks to ensure that the correct licenses are in use and... 

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:... 

Introducing Software Asset Management to end users

If you are a member of staff that has no relation to IT, you may not be aware of the importance of software asset management, or even what it is. It’s important to communicate the importance of SAM to end users in a way that they can appreciate and understand. It’s important to introduce SAM to your end users Why is SAM important to an organisation? This may seem like an obvious answer to us,... 

Implementing a successful 3rd party SAM Service

A SAM Service is a little like a marriage So you’ve made the decision to outsource some or all of your SAM to a 3rd party partner… you are confident that as part of Service Implementation they will capture every piece of entitlement; understand how every license is actually being used; know when a new application is installed; interpret licensing rules; apply them to your company’s unique situation;... 

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... 

Software Asset Management – Tips From The Trenches (Part 2)

Remember you are not alone! Welcome back! Following on from my previous post, here are my next top tips for Software Asset Management. Tip 3: Read the EULA! The EULA, or End User License Agreement is that little box that pops up as you are installing a shiny new program or app. It looks something like this. Hands up here who reads it? *Looks guilty* Hands up who just hits accept and hopes for the best? The... 

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... 

Reclaiming unused cloud subscriptions

Last month the BSA released a paper aimed at helping organizations ‘Navigate the cloud’. The core message was that in a cloud era, Software Asset Management is more important than ever. One of the key action points from the paper emphasized that SAM functions should: “… initiate organization-wide policies governing the cloud to address, among other issues, the process for provisioning and releasing...