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Training Review: License Logic – Certified Software Manager (CSM)

As we are sure you are aware, there is a distinct lack of ITAM / SAM training courses currently available. In addition to this, there is often confusion amongst ITAM professionals as to which of the available courses offers the best/most value to attendees. To this end, the aim of these reviews is to help ITAM professionals and employers get the most from their training investments. View all training... 

Podcast: Vinci Construction and Life without SAM tools

Mark Sales, Software Asset Manager at Vinci Construction. The ITAM Review Podcast Episode 3 Hosted by Martin Thompson Guests: Mark Sales, Software Asset Manager at Vinci Construction Rory Canavan, Independent Consultant, SAM Charter In this podcast I interviewed Mark Sales, Software Asset Manager at Vinci Construction regarding his journey in SAM, starting from scratch, SAM qualifications, using... 

The convergence of SAM and HAM

This is part two of a two-part series on environment recognition. See part one here: ‘Modern SAM requires ‘Environment Recognition’ as much as ‘Software Recognition’. In my last article I explored the concept of ‘environment recognition’. I suggested that modern Software Asset Management (SAM) is not just about recognizing software in your estate and counting installs, but also understanding... 

What is the future of software? (and what does it mean for SAM?)

Office for iPad has already moved to the freemium/premium model, with users paying only for consumption What does the future hold for software? How will it be delivered, how will it be priced, and will we ever be able to move to a usage-based pricing model? In my opinion, all enterprise software will eventually move from the perpetual/device licensing model that is common today, to a user-centric subscription... 

Training Review: ITAMS – Certified Software Asset Manager (CSAM)

This marks the first in a new series of reviews focused on the ITAM / SAM training market (Update: View all training reviews here: http://www.itassetmanagement.net/category/training/) As we are sure you are aware, there is a distinct lack of ITAM / SAM training courses currently available. In addition to this, there is often confusion amongst ITAM professionals as to which of the available courses... 

Modern SAM requires ‘Environment Recognition’ as much as ‘Software Recognition’

Do you recognise your software environment? This is part one of a two part series on ‘Environment Recognition’. Part two will be published in due course. Here at ITAMS, it’s been interesting to witness the increased interest in the ITAM market and organizations wishing to gain control of software risk. As more and more software permeates every area of modern business, we’re finding that organizations... 

Software Audits: Skillful Preparation for Complex Compliance Negotiations

Audits don’t have to be a headache This article has been contributed by Christof Beaupoil, President and Co-founder, Aspera Technologies Inc. Software compliance audits are always an inconvenience for the affected companies, especially when it comes to time and money. In conjunction with effective Software Asset Management (SAM), however, there are a few key strategies that can help businesses... 

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...