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The ITAM Review 12 Box Assessment Model

We’ve completed a number of SAM maturity assessments for end user organisations over the last few years. Companies typically want an external and independent perspective on their current status and some pointers on what to do next. For organisations looking at their SAM maturity, there are two key frameworks for assessing SAM maturity: The Microsoft SAM Optimization Model and the ISO/IEC 19770-1... 

Oracle Best Practice Guide – Part 2

This is the second in our series on Oracle Best Practice. To view part 1, please click here. This part of our Oracle Best Practice series is all about Oracle audits, and what to do if you are unfortunate enough to be audited by Oracle or Oracle LMS. ORACLE AUDITS Do not ignore Oracle! If you receive a letter from Oracle requesting an audit or ‘license review’ do not ignore it! Do not think they... 

SAM Tools are useless without people and processes!

Wrong tool, right idea It’s a fact. Tools are useless without people, just like a hammer is a pointless instrument without someone actually using it, and a chainsaw is extremely dangerous when in the hands of someone who doesn’t understand how to use it. SAM tools need skilled people and processes to make it effective and an asset to any organisation. Have you picked a SAM tool yet? Process Integration With... 

IBM & SAP Seminar: IBM has over 143 License Metrics to manage, SAP has over 70!

Martin Thompson presenting at the IBM and SAP seminar On April 28th, 2015, we hosted an IBM and SAP seminar in London, with the aim of providing ITAM professionals a day full of IBM and SAP advice and knowledge. The event was well attended with over 50 delegates as well as a number of SAP and IBM Licensing experts who were on hand to provide expert advice. We would like to thank all of our delegates... 

Study shows Crystal Reports, Visual Studio, AutoCad, Project and Visio most likely to be unused

As SAM pros we all hear about the value of identifying unused software. A recent study from 1E has examined the applications most likely to be unused in an organisation. The study is available here (no registration required). If you are looking for cost savings: This article can help you identify your low-hanging fruit shortlist. In conjunction with the ITAM Review, 1E are hosting an event in London... 

Why The Customer Is Always Wrong (In Software License Reviews)

Given the massive shift the IT world is currently experiencing towards more service-focused delivery of all compute resources, it should come as no surprise to find money and profitability channels being openly analysed at this time. Among the sensitivity points today we see that software license reviews have become a standard method of income generation for the major software vendors, according to... 

Proactive SAM vs. Auditors

One of the most asked questions that we, at The ITAM Review, get asked is “How can I prevent being audited?”. The answer is always the same – you can’t. The best thing any organisation can do is being ‘audit ready’. Being ‘audit ready’ requires a proactive SAM estate, which is ready for a software audit to be carried out with as little disruption to the organisation as possible.   Pro-active... 

Introduction to Software Asset Management [Video]

One of the main aspects of IT Asset Management, also known as ITAM is Software Asset Management (SAM), has seen a large increase in demand and interest in its services in recent years, and SAM professionals are now considered a niche, with established, specialist professionals in high demand from a variety of organisations across a number of different sectors. There are a number of ways in which SAM... 

we.CONECT SAMS 2015 Conference Review

we.CONECT SAMS 2015 DACH Conference I attended the we.CONECT SAMS 2015 DACH conference held at the Proarte Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Germany from the 23rd-24 February 2015. A German only speaking conference for 250 Software Asset Management professionals and Licensing Specialists coming from the DACH region. ‘The conference focuses on approaches, processes and tools for legally compliant management... 

SAM Tool Buyers Guide

This SAM Tool Buyers Guide highlights some of the key requirements and competitive differentiators to consider when selecting and buying Software Asset Management (SAM) tools. This guide is available in PDF format, subscribe to our newsletter to download it.  I have also included a section on the trends that are driving interest in SAM and some general implementation advice – since this should...