Increasing your chances of a favourable audit settlement

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In this video, Brian Ross Global Audit Director of Veritas Technologies, talks to us about increasing your chances of a favourable audit settlement by maintaining a positive and productive relationship with your vendor. Brian explains that the key is to involve all internal organisational parties from the start of the audit process to avoid delays and frustration on both sides.     Brian will...

How SAM empowers CyberSecurity

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In this video Vincent Smyth, SVP EMEA of Flexera Software shares his opinion on the increased level security risks relating to applications over the past two years, and shares his advice on CyberSecurity for security professionals.   Flexera Software are Gold Sponsors and will be exhibiting at and co-facilitating focus workshop sessions at both our US & UK Conferences this Autumn. Come...

Quick guide to Microsoft BYOL (Bring your own licensing)

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This quick guide to Microsoft BYOL (Bring Your Own Licensing)  has been contributed by Deepika Shrivastava. Cloud computing has been attributed with increasing competitiveness through cost reduction, greater flexibility, elasticity and optimal resource utilization. With Cloud, there are few challenges like proper Licensing and compliance maintenance. This may look weird to many, as Cloud has their...

Getting Started with SAM

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In this video, Richard Spithoven from b.lay shares his advice for those getting started with Software Asset Management (SAM). Richard covers the three fundamentals of SAM (People, Process and Tools) and shares how a risk assessment should be the first task during SAM tool selection.     Richard will be speaking at both our UK and USA conferences on day two covering Oracle Audit Defence,...

Microsoft: “Shelfware should be conceded”

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Mark Bradford, Microsoft : “Shelfware should be conceded” Mark Bradford, UK head of Software Asset Management (SAM) and Compliance at Microsoft, suggests that Shelfware should be conceded and customers should not be punished for honest mistakes. “Bradford said his group, responsible for working with channel firms to perform reviews of customers, didn’t want to punish “honest...

Land and expand…. what is possible when SAM is done right

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In the video below I interview Filipa Preston, CEO of Software Optimization Services from Perth in Australia. Filipa describes her recent Microsoft 2016 SAM Partner of the Year award and how the case study that won her company the award was a text book example of the value possible with SAM. Meet Filipa at our USA conference in September. Land and expand…. what is possible when SAM is done right Unified...

Avoiding the audit-deal-cloud rinse cycle

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Richard Spithoven (Top) and Patrick de Veer (Bottom) from b.lay. Videos coming soon on The ITAM Review. I was lucky enough to visit Utrecht in the Netherlands recently to see the nice folks from b.lay, one of the winners of the ITAM Review 2015 Excellence Awards (Nominations are open for 2016 here). We spent some time recording videos in preparation for our conferences later this year; I look forward...

How to sweat software assets

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  How do we make our software assets work hard and generate every last drop of value? Our 12-box training module last month covered automation and the ITAM request process (82% of you told us you had semi-automated ITAM requests, 18% were still doing things manually). This month we turn our attention to Entitlement and in particular how to sweat software assets. We will also cover how to prepare...

Microsoft SQL Server License Management Standard

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Back in October 2014 we published a comparison of four SAM tools with Microsoft License Management capabilities (See: Microsoft License Management Group Test – The Results). This previous group test above was based on a questionnaire completed by participating vendors and an online briefing to quiz vendors on their capabilities. For 2016, we would like to take this up a notch by formally benchmarking...

Infographic: ITAM Process Steps, from inventory to SAM

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This article has been contributed by Dmitry Krupenin of ITAM2.ru.  In this infographic, ‘ITAM Process Steps‘ we show examples of stages for IT Asset Management practices. We visualize such stages as: inventory check, IMAC, cost control, purchase control, contract monitoring, TCO, and software asset management stage. Please note, some stages are specific to Russia. Originally posted in...

Enterprise SAM tool customer satisfaction scores

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I’m midway through a competitive comparison of the top ten SAM tools for large enterprises. See the original call for participants here and recent market share analysis here. As part of the analysis we’ve collected customer satisfaction scores from our sister site Tools Advisor. The tables below show a summary of the customer satisfaction scores for those vendors participating in our Enterprise...

Enterprise SAM tool market share analysis

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I’m midway through a competitive comparison of the top ten SAM tools for large enterprises. See the original call for participants here. As part of the analysis we’ve collected customer numbers and it is interesting to see the market share of the key players. SAM tool market share analysis for large enterprises The charts below are based on two questions: What is the total number of customers...

Managing Amazon Web Services (AWS) costs

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Our friends at the big G state that spending on public cloud is growing five times faster than other IT categories (Gartner, Public Cloud Services 2012-2018). Our own research from December last year (How to beat Azure and AWS sprawl) suggests that ITAM Review readers are keen to explore the subject but are yet to fully get their arms around the issue. Cost control rather than compliance is the main...

itSMF Russia SAMday 2016 – Video Overview

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On 23rd of March 2016, The ITAM Review’s Martin Thompson attended the first ever SAM conference held by itSMF Russia; SAMday based in The Aerostar Hotel, Moscow. The event was attended by an impressive 280 delegates alongside numerous market leading sponsors, media partners, and expert speakers. SAM topics discussed ranged from Software Licensing to Cloud Services to Audits. Martin was one...

Proactive SAM is the perfect antidote to cloud blackmail

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In this podcast I was joined by Eric, Richard and Nico to discuss the software market ahead of our audit defence workshop in Amsterdam on the 12th April. Further info here. Podcast Guests Eric Chiu, HW Fisher Richard Spithoven, b-lay Nico Blokland, In2SAM Left to Right (Richard, Nico, Eric and Martin) Cloud Blackmail and other Dirty Tricks  Proactive SAM, the perfect antidote for cloud blackmail...