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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... 

É chegada a hora de SAM no Brasil?

É chegada a hora de SAM no Brasil?[Centro do Rio de Janeiro]Editors Note: A warm welcome to André Rangel, contributing our first article in Portuguese. Um caminho para redução dos custos de TI, riscos associados e aumento da eficácia operacional. Ainda mais evidente nestes dias pós-crise financeira internacional, um número cada vez maior de empresas mais do que procura, precisa aumentar a eficiência... 
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September ITAM News Round Up

September News Round Up It’s been a reasonably busy month in the world of ITAM for September, with the biggest news coming from Oracle. The ITAM Review have also had a busy month with a number of new articles and events news! September news: Microsoft to stop Office365 On demand services It has been confirmed that Microsoft are stopping the On Demand services for business users of Office 365 from... 

Are SAM tools ready for the cloud?

The ITAM Review team attended the European version of Gartner’s ITAM Summit in London last week for great networking and ITAM and IT procurement led presentations. Gartner Analyst Stewart Buchanan led an interesting session on the future of SAM tools where he argued that the future was about control and not inventory. Stewart Buchanan, Gartner I enjoy Stewart Buchanan’s presentations, in fact one... 

Managing Office 365: ITAM meets Identity Management

Daniel Power, Onelogin This article has been contributed by Daniel Power at OneLogin The official end-of-life for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching, and with 11 million estimated to still be in use, there is an increased focus on the future infrastructure of corporate email systems. Alongside this, Exchange Server 2003 is probably the most widely installed platform supporting internal... 

Setting the scope of SAM design

The views of the writer in no way reflect those of the organisations he’s working or worked in. Pick any definition you like of Software Asset Management. I’ll go with the ITIL version: “Software Asset Management (SAM) is all of the infrastructure and processes necessary for the effective management, control and protection of the software assets within an organisation, throughout all... 

Training Review: License Logic – Certified Software Manager (CSM)

As we are sure you are aware, there is a distinct lack of ITAM / SAM training courses currently available. In addition to this, there is often confusion amongst ITAM professionals as to which of the available courses offers the best/most value to attendees. To this end, the aim of these reviews is to help ITAM professionals and employers get the most from their training investments. View all training... 

Podcast: Vinci Construction and Life without SAM tools

Mark Sales, Software Asset Manager at Vinci Construction. The ITAM Review Podcast Episode 3 Hosted by Martin Thompson Guests: Mark Sales, Software Asset Manager at Vinci Construction Rory Canavan, Independent Consultant, SAM Charter In this podcast I interviewed Mark Sales, Software Asset Manager at Vinci Construction regarding his journey in SAM, starting from scratch, SAM qualifications, using... 

The convergence of SAM and HAM

This is part two of a two-part series on environment recognition. See part one here: ‘Modern SAM requires ‘Environment Recognition’ as much as ‘Software Recognition’. In my last article I explored the concept of ‘environment recognition’. I suggested that modern Software Asset Management (SAM) is not just about recognizing software in your estate and counting installs, but also understanding...