The IAITAM Annual Conference and Exhibition kicks off this week at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
(What I’m Looking forward to seeing)
- 10am CASE Study: an IT Asset Management Program in the FAA
- 11.15am How to Eat the Elephant’: Tackling that Large, Unwieldy, List of Applications
- 2.15pm ITAM / SAM Process Design – Strategies for Success!
- 3.30pm Why do so many SAM Projects fail?
- 08.30am Keynote: IT Business Drivers: Riding on the Merry-Go-Round!
- 10am: I Don’t Need Friends At Work, I Have Friends At Home: ITAM From the Trenches
- 11.15am The Final Frontier: When ITIL, ITAM and ITFM combine
- 2.15pm See How Others Are Doing It: Global Software Asset Management at BMW Group
- 3.30pm Managing a SAM Tool Implementation
I recently corresponded with IAITAM President Barb Rembiesa to find out what to expect at the show this year.
ITAM Review Q. For those new to ACE – what is the typical profile of an ACE attendee?
ITAM Professionals attend our conference for education, networking and the possibility to see cutting-edge technology offerings for the IT Asset Management community. The majority of our attendees are either senior management or ITAM practitioners attempting to raise their ITAM knowledge to the next level by learning how others are solving similar problems in their own enterprises and with what products.
Q. It’s great to see so many end users as speakers at this year’s conference sharing their experiences with peers – why do end users present?
End users present for numerous reasons – The first is IAITAM has cultivated a knowledge share community over the last 10 years that celebrate the successes of each professional. The conference provides the end users the opportunity to not only share their knowledge but also gain knowledge through the questions and networking in their sessions.
Q. What can we expect this year and how many are you expecting?
The IAITAM 2011 Ace event is by far the largest and most extensive topic range for the ITAM profession in the world. With over 600 attendees, 60+ sessions, 90 top experts in the industry the knowledge that the attendees will walk away with will bring value to any organization.
Q. Have you witnessed any significant trends in terms of member enquiries within the ITAM space?
The trends this year and the goal of the conference are to bring value back to the organizations. Financial savings in many forms seem to be the driving force for attendees. The attendees will be looking for new ideas and solutions to maximize return on investments.
Q. IAITAM have launched two new international offices this year – can we expect International conferences to follow?
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.