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Wisdom USA 2020 Speaker Spotlight: Adobe, audits, and making use of data

This is the 4th “speaker spotlight” article for Wisdom USA 2020 – a chance for you to see some of the fantastic speakers and sessions we’ve got in store for you this next month in St Petersburg, Florida.

Joining me is Wes Lewis, Founder at Look Licensing.

Wisdom USA 2020

What is your Wisdom USA 2020 session called?

My Life as an Adobe Auditor.

What is your session about?

My session is about Adobe’s internal piracy and compliance programs, what they represent, and what we as SAM professionals can learn from them.

How did you get started in ITAM?

I was hired as a SAM Specialist intern at SoftwareONE US as my first job out of college. After spending 5 years with them, I decided to round out my resume with some vendor (Adobe) experience, and even a little big four (Deloitte) experience. After 10 years in the corporate world, I decided in 2019 to start freelancing in the world of SAM and licensing, through my company “Look Licensing”.

If you could change 1 thing in the ITAM industry, what would it be?

I think it would be cool to start seeing SAM and ITAM folks leveraging our own data sets (inventories, and end user behavior) to deliver value back to the business, outside of ITAM. We know what apps users are using, sometimes we even know how much, this can potentially give us insight into how the people at the organization are working, and how we can help them be efficient.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

The best is when you can save heaps of cash simply by being clever with the way you’re licensing things.

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What should people talk to you about?

People going around IT and getting their own subscription to things like Photoshop, and what to do about it.

What’s your favourite book?

Deception Point by Dan Brown (I don’t read much).

If you had your own chat show – who would be the first guest?

Max Bemis – Manic/ Bipolar Front-man of the band Say Anything.

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About Rich Gibbons

Rich has been in the world of IT and software licensing since 2003, having been a software sales manager for a VAR, a Microsoft licensing endorsed trainer, and now an ITAM analyst looking at software licensing and cloud.

A Northerner renowned for his shirts, Rich is a big Hip-Hop head, and loves travel, football in general (specifically MUFC), baseball, Marvel, and reading as many books as possible. Finding ways to combine all of these with ITAM & software licensing is always fun!

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