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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... 

Top Ten Licensing Types – Where is the market going?

Where is the licensing market going? If you would like to find out more about SAM Licensing or need general help with SAM then why not attend one of our SAM Workshops taking place in London, Berlin or New York soon.   No matter what, all software and applications have a license attached to them. Even free software has some form of license. There are far too many different licensing models currently... 

Process of the Month – SAM Process Review Process

Establishing a SAM framework can take a mammoth effort In the final process of the month, we have a process that is all too often missed but can be as vital as the audit and reconciliation process itself, and that is the SAM Process Review Process.  Establishing a SAM framework can take a mammoth effort, and implementing it can absorb vast amounts of resource.  Equally though, maintaining a SAM Framework... 

Advanced License Optimization : Go Beyond Compliance for Maximum Cost Savings

Bernhard Boehler, Aspera By Bernhard Boehler, Co-founder & CEO, Aspera Technologies Inc. Introduction If you are going to do Software Asset Management (SAM), why stop at license compliance? With SAM, contracting and procuring software in ways that ensure compliance is synonymous with buying smarter. And buying smarter means knowing everything about your organization’s software contracts and software... 

92% of customers say that Oracle does not clearly communicate licensing changes

If you need help managing your Oracle Licensing and the associated risks why not attend one of our Oracle Seminars in Berlin or New York   Campaign for Clear Licensing White Paper: “Key risks in managing Oracle Licensing” Download – “Key risks in managing Oracle Licensing” White Paper (PDF, 22 Pages, 1MB) NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED The Campaign for Clear Licensing... 

Picking the right Software Asset Management tool (Part 1 of 2)

The time has come for your organisation to get a SAM tool. You’ve decided to buy into the idea of software asset management and you want to manage and utilise your software licenses better. You’ve received the backing from senior management, and you’ve been given a nice healthy budget to get the best solution for your organisation. There are a large number of SAM tools on the market today, so... 

Can a SAM Team be 100% Virtual?

The Big Question A SAM professional who has been given a budget to build a SAM team recently contacted us to ask whether or not they can build an effective SAM team virtually, or if they need to physically have the personnel in the office. A recent poll by SHRM showed that 46% of organisations had some form of virtual team within their environment, so can SAM join that 46%?  Yes, it can!  Absolutely...