I have listed some qualities that might be useful in IT Asset Management professionals. This list is by no means exhaustive – but it covers some of the main roles and responsibilities based on both what is advertised and in my conversations and experiences.
If you think about the growing number of platforms and asset types and their corresponding license types and agreements – I see the spindle getting more spokes in the future not less.
On that basis, you’d have to be some kind of bionic superhero to have all of these bases covered. Some of the roles are not exactly complimentary either. So maybe you need to be super human with a split personality!
I can see things getting a lot more niche in the future. Maybe you are a guru on a particular licensing vendor, maybe you have working knowledge of a few, maybe your role is better suited to being a lynchpin between all the spokes, maybe you are an awesome process person, but whatever you are you can’t be all things to all men.
What do you think? Does the ideal ITAM person exist?
About Martin Thompson
Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.
Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).
When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.
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