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Audit Defence Checklist – Nice to have, negotiable or non-negotiable terms

Nice to have, negotiable or non-negotiable This audit defence / software contract negotiation checklist has kindly been shared by Chris Moffett for The ITAM Review community. Thanks Chris! This list contains items that are nice to have, negotiable or non-negotiable for inclusion in your next audit defence or contract negotiation. If you have any other items to add to this list or have an alternative... 

Talking ITAM with the CIO: Make it Agile

In preparation for the first module of our 12 Box Training Program this week I spoke with Tony Crawley, Managing Director of Synyega and winner of both the ITAM Professional of the Year 2015 and the ITAM Project of the Year 2015. In this video Tony talks about his experiences communicating effectively with senior management teams about ITAM and maintaining momentum in your ITAM function. Talking ITAM... 

Mars Inc. sue Oracle over audit tactics

A mars a day keeps Oracle away The $33BN food giant Mars Inc. took Oracle to court in October. There is a good coverage and analysis by Dave Welch of House of Brick here: http://houseofbrick.com/mars-vs-oracle/ In short: Oracle offered Mars a ‘Review’ Oracle threatened to withdrawal their support contract if Mars didn’t cooperate Use of VMware, the definition of a user and audit tactics were... 

Citrix Licensing Quick Guide 2015

This licensing quick guide aims to give you a basic understanding of Citrix products, their license types and how to manage Citrix licenses. Citrix have been providing server, application and desktop virtualisation software since 1989. Based out of the USA, they currently have over 300,000 customers around the world. Citrix software borders on the line between being a Tier 1 and Tier 2 software vendor... 

Vodafone, SAM Tools and the quest for a silver bullet

Stanislav Pavlin, Principal Manager, Vodafone Procurement Company, talks to ITAM Review about his role at Vodafone, SAM tools and the quest for the silver bullet, in advance of his speaking slot at our upcoming ITAM Tools Day event in London on Friday 20th November. Stanislav Pavlin Q1. How did you get started/arrive in the ITAM space? What is your background? My background is in Procurement and entering... 

Treat everyday as an Audit

Following this advice will ensure that you are always audit ready and are on top of your SAM & License management game. One of the best pieces of advice that I received from a SAM professional was to treat everyday as if your organisation was being audited. At the time I laughed off this comment as the threat of software audits and the process of going through an audit everyday seemed like a nightmare.... 

Podcast Episode 16: SAM Tool Selection Best Practice (RFI, RFP, Proof of Concept)

Selecting winners: SAM Tool selection, RFI, RFP, Proof of Concept best practices. In this podcast I discuss ITAM tool selection best practice with a number of leading tool providers.   This is a preview in the run up to our ITAM Tools Day on the 20th November. PODCAST GUESTS: Torsten Boch, Matrix42 Patrick Gunn, iQuate Phil Merson, Concorde Srdjan Ljubisavljevic, Flexera Software Sumin Tchen,... 

Software on a Budget

CIO’s, IT heads, finance leaders and ITAM professionals are always looking to reduce or consolidate the amount of money being spent on software and software licenses. Tier 1 vendors such as Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Oracle and Adobe all provide the required software to ensure a business and it’s users can fulfil their daily tasks and meet goals and objectives set by the organisation. Away from work,... 

Vendor Management can be a massive support to your SAM Function

Audits are one of the biggest challenges facing SAM professionals and licensing professionals in the current era. Gone are the days when only the likes of Microsoft and IBM conducted ‘reviews’; now all of the Tier 1 vendors regularly audit their customers, and a number of other software vendors have also jumped on the audit bandwagon. This is simply because it is a great way for the software vendor... 

IBM auditors target compliance revenue per customer – Three strategies to tackle IBM software waste head-on

IBM audits are being used to prop up license revenue targets – not to protect IP One striking trend we see in modern audit activity is that software audits are NOT about reducing non-compliance. It is right and proper that a company should protect their intellectual property and prevent exploitation. But it is clear from research with the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) that software publishers...