I am in the process of writing a book on SAM.
The book in entitled ‘Software Asset Management – The First Ninety Days‘.
My goal is to help new SAM professionals learn the territory and begin to plot their strategy.
- Highlight the benefits of SAM
- Allow the reader to assess their current position
- Allow the reader to plot their course
- Provide a framework for progress
- Balance of SAM theory and pragmatic advice
- Low cost (say less than about £40/$60/€50)
The outline for our book is published below.
- Is there a specific topic you would like to see covered which is missing from our outline?
- Would you like to contribute a section based on one of the topics below?
To get involved please leave a comment below or get in contact.
Software Asset Management – The First Ninety Days [Book Outline]
- Introduction to SAM
- An Asset Management Primer
- Business Drivers
- Benefits (Tangible and Intangible)
- Risks (vendor audit / licensing complexity)
- Key Tenets
- Begin with the end in mind
- Business as Usual / Why SAM framework
- The Theoretical SAM Framework
- SAM Definition
- Mission / Vision / Objectives
- SAM Process Framework
- How SAM relates to other disciplines and frameworks
- ISO/IEC 19770
- ISO/IEC 20000
- Pragmatic SAM / Preparation (Where am I? where do I need to be?)
- Agree on planning and approach
- How to prepare stakeholder interviews
- Workshop and Exercises
- Maturity Assessment
- Pragmatic SAM / Implementation
- Your organization
- Placement within an organization (reporting lines)
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Sheriff or Lynchpin
- Characteristics of successful SAM professionals / skills
- Ownership of the (key) processes (RACI)
- Policies – Giving Your Practice Teeth
- The Operational Business Plan
- Checklist for building a compliance position
- Selling SAM to Stakeholders
- Reporting (operational kpi’s)
- Your Communications Plan
- SAM Artefacts (Data Gathering, Data Sources)
- Your organization
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.