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An Amazon voucher is winging its way towards our 5,000th newsletter subscriber

An Amazon voucher is winging its way towards our 5,000th newsletter subscriber

Congratulations to David Shaffer who has won a Amazon voucher for being our 5,000th opt-in email newsletter subscriber.

David works for Murphy Oil USA Inc based in El Dorado, Arkansas.

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ITAM Permeating the Enterprise

Interestingly, our 5,000th subscriber David is an Enterprise Architect with ITAM background and CSAM qualified.

I was asked to speak at a SoftCat SAM seminar last week regarding licensing trends and SAM today, one of my points (see slide deck below) was that the role of ITAM is to ‘whisper in the ear of the CIO’ and ‘stand shoulder to shoulder with Architects and Project Managers’ to help make decisions using ITAM business intelligence (rather than attempting to clear up the compliance mess afterwards).

At the UK Oracle User Group License Management event in London this week Jo McKenzie, License Manager at Britvic gave a great presentation and SAM case study on the influence of good SAM practice across different IT departments (Jo also owns Change and Config). Similarly, with my work with the London Borough of Islington last year the software licensing manager sat on the Change Board.

ITAM is essentially a governance process – but it’s great to see ITAM data and practices permeating the enterprise proactively with positive effect.

About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

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.

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