I plan to publish an interview with an ITAM Review Virtual User Group member once a month (assuming we have enough volunteers!).
In this first interview I ask Jeff Ferguson, an ITAM and Technical Procurement Professional in the USA about his experiences with a project to integrate ITAM and ERP.
Jeff shares his lessons learnt and offers advice to ITAM’s taking on similar projects.
“As the company grew its technology footprint rapidly, savvy senior management leaders started asking questions about the assets we already owned instead as an alternative to investing capital into new assets.
Many times IT departments did not have answers to tough questions about large investments for which they were requesting approvals. This led to our project to integrate the ERP and ITAM systems. We started effectively tracking our assets through the Procure-To-Pay cycle as well as the Cradle-to-Grave cycle.”
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.
Connect with Martin on LinkedIn.