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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? 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 on the market, each with different terms and conditions that the licensee needs to adhere to. We all know what happens if you break those terms and conditions, auditors can end up... 

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

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 (CCL) has today announced the publication of its first major review into Oracle’s licensing and auditing practices. The report Key Risks in Managing... 

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...