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Podcast Episode 10: Doing SAM on the cheap

Can SAM be done on the cheap? In this Episode David and I are joined by Rory Canavan of SAM Charter and Paul Immergluck of Anglepoint.  We discuss ‘Doing SAM on the cheap’ and managing software as an asset when you have no budget. The blog articles referred to in the podcast can be found here: The lean approach to getting started with ITAM 17 lean ITAM projects to launch your ITAM practice Martin... 

75% of SAM Pros agree “SAM Skills Gap Exists”

The ITAM Review held a joint SAM Skills workshop event with the BCS on 14th July (See our original event listing here). Thanks to everyone that came along, special thanks to Gemma Walker of Livingstone and Greg Hallam of SoftwareOne for hosting excellent workshop sessions and thanks to Rory Canavan of SAM Charter for helping on our panel. 3-Minute Video Overview – SAM Skills Workshop with the BCS SAM... 

Microsoft Licenses vs SAM Tools

Microsoft licenses are massively complex, and there are a number of different Microsoft license metrics that an organisation needs to manage and keep on top of. SAM tools can help with the effective management and utilisation of Microsoft licenses, as they are continuing to improve and evolve to ensure that organisations have all of the data and transparency required to manage their Microsoft software... 

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...