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Datacentre vs Desktop Savings

  Making savings on software licenses are one of the key selling points for any organisations implementing SAM. Savings on software licenses can, in essence, pay for the implementation of SAM (including all of the resources) and then some if done correctly. There is no right or wrong environment to start making cost savings in, and some organisations may have no choice in the matter (thanks to... 

SAM Tool Support

At the ITAM Review, we are often giving our readers and fellow ITAM professionals advice on what to look out for when picking a SAM tool from a technical and process perspective. However, what about from a support perspective? Support from SAM tool vendors, or the MSP/LAR that provides the SAM tool, is extremely important in helping businesses and professionals understand how to properly use the tool,... 
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SAM – What can be automated & what needs to stay manual?

Here at the ITAM Review we are always being asked about how organisations can make their ITAM function more proactive and efficient. One of the arguments and suggestions for improving a SAM function is to start automating certain processes to take the strain off the ITAM team, allowing them to focus their attentions elsewhere. We have a pretty good idea of what can be automated and what functions... 

Event Listing: SAM Skills Workshop, 14th July, London

Do your SAM skills stand up to the demands of modern SAM? SAM Skills Workshop Synopsis: The SAM Skills workshop is a free to attend, joint event brought to you by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and The ITAM Review. Run over an afternoon, starting over an informal lunch, we invite you to join us for an independent SAM Skills workshop that will discuss the very latest skills requirements for SAM... 

Cybersecurity and unused Software

‘I don’t mean to suggest that dealing with cybersecurity challenges can always be overcome with effective IT Asset Management, but it certainly reduces the size of the hole that is probably already in your organization’ This article has been contributed by Peter Beruk of 1E. Back in late 2013, David Bicket, former convener of Working Group 21 (WG21) for the ISO ITAM standard wrote a short... 

The Increased Interest In SAM

Introduction Over the past ten years or so, software asset management (SAM) has seen a large increase in demand and interest in its services. 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. What has caused this recent uptake of SAM, and how is the industry coping with the greater... 

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...