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ITAM Review Excellence Awards 2020: The Winners

May 5th saw the ITAM Review Excellence Awards 2020 take place for the fifth time – but, thanks to COVID-19, it was our first virtual awards ceremony!

ITAM Review Awards 2020

The award categories were:

  • Professional of the Year
  • ITAM Implementation, Team, or Project of the Year
  • ITAM Technology or Service Innovation of the Year
  • ITAM Partner of the Year
  • Specialist or Consultant of the Year
  • Rising Star Award

The judging panel

A big thanks to our judging panel – who put in a lot of busy days and sleepless nights to narrow down the fantastic nominees to just one winner in each category!

ITAM Review Awards 2020

Their knowledge and passion are key to helping make the awards such a success.

Professional Of the Year

We had a great shortlist for this category:

And the winner was:

Ron Brill

Ron Brill

Ron Brill, Anglepoint

 

About the win

Ron has been involved in ITAM standards for close to a decade and has led the group as chair for 3 years. He has also been the driving force between Anglepoint, a well-respected independent SAM services company operating across seven countries. Ron is a thought leader and advocate for the ITAM industry, and we’re pleased to recognise his contribution.

Winner’s comment

I’m humbled and honored to accept this award. A big Thank You to the judges, the ITAM Review, and the ITAM community at large for this recognition. As the world around us is changing rapidly with the Coronavirus, ITAM is only going to become more important to all organizations. In that context I’m excited about some of the work we’re doing at ISO and would like to invite anyone who is interested to join the effort.

ITAM Implementation, Team, or Project of the Year

A fantastic range of projects made the shortlist, from a great range of international locations too:

And the winner was:

Nike

ITAM Review Awards 2020

Jason Patterson, Nike

 

About the win

This is a textbook example of standing up an ITAM practice, starting with a board level imperative. Thank you to the team at Nike for setting an example for others to follow, showing how one of the most iconic brands on the planet was able to stand up a practice to reduce costs and mitigate risks in a short space of time. It’s an honour to welcome you into our hall of fame.

Winner’s comment

I am so thankful for our team, our internal partners, external services and tooling partners. A special thank you to our Global Tech Executives and the ITAM leadership team Lance Giles, Jiten Patel, Jason Muller and Paul Jellema. I shared with the team that what we have built and are still building is so special. To be recognized by our industry peers for our accomplishments is so rewarding. I consider this team award to be the most prestigious in our industry. Thank you to the organizations that nominated us and to the ITAM Review and judges for this recognition.

It seems like yesterday that I started in this industry before it was even named ITAM/SAM or a core part of an IT organization. Over the past 20 years I have had the benefit to have so many great friends, mentors and colleagues to learn and grow from. Thank you to everyone who has helped in this journey.

ITAM Technology or Service Innovation of the Year

A great range of international candidates on the shortlist:

And the winner was:

SAMBOX.io

ITAM Review Awards 2020

Damien Juillard, SAMBOX.io

 

About the win

SAMBOX.io is a great new approach to SAM services. Their SaaS-like ELP as a service offering is a fresh and innovative approach for both customers and partners. SAMBOX.io is brought to market by ELEE, a well-respected SAM services company based in Paris, France.

Winner’s comment

On behalf of Elee, I am honored and pleased about this award.

SamBox.io is a new service, and we have worked hard innovating and proposing a new SAM tooling offer in the market. Within Elee, we have the chance to lead more than 200 SAM projects every year, with a large spectrum of different customer use cases. When we made the decision to launch a new SAM Solution in the market, we really wanted it to be very pragmatic, efficient, and close to customers’ issues.

This award is a very encouraging signal for us to continue in that direction.

Thanks to the judges.

ITAM Partner of the Year

A strong category of ITAM partners:

And the winner was:

The Mastermind Group (TMG)

About the win

This is well deserved recognition for TMG’s leadership in the ITAM market. TMG have received this award for being a customer advocate and their deep understanding of IT Asset Management. We’re very pleased to share this award with the TMG team, thank you for everything you do for the ITAM industry.

Winner’s comment

We would like to thank the ITAM Review and the judging panel for selecting TMG as the winner of this prestigious award. Receiving this award would not be possible without our staff, partners and importantly, our loyal customers. Thank you for trusting and relying on us. This award is an important acknowledgement of the great effort our staff and partners have undertaken for so many years and with the role of IT Asset Management changing and expanding constantly, our customers can be sure that we will continue to make them successful for many years to come!

TMG also had a pretty snazzy custom background for the award ceremony:

Specialist or Consultant of the Year

A fantastic shortlist of people known for their great work with organisations and users across the ITAM industry:

And the winner was:

Desiree Weiss

Desiree Weiss

 

About the win

This award is to recognise, in your customer’s words ‘your fantastic work’. Helpful, courteous, resourceful and tenacious are words used to describe Desiree’s passion for all things SAP. Thank you for the example you set in the ITAM industry.

Winner’s comment

I am pleased, honoured, and humbled to accept this award and to join past recipients who I respect a lot.

A very special thanks goes to my customer Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL), a very advanced company in Digital Transformation, for the trust and for nominating me, it was a great journey together, and to my teammates at Insight for all the support.

An enormous salute to all of this year’s nominees and winners, each of whom have made incredible contribution to the ITAM Industry to better support all the customers to secure compliance and cost reductions. We recently saw how help is necessary and welcome to support others in a difficult time and situation. We need to help customers to right utilize what they need and the publishers to properly take care of their customers.

Thank you ICL, ITAM Review and the judging Panel!

The Rising Star Award

This category is made to celebrate and highlight those people who are new to ITAM and are making a big impression in helping drive the industry forwards:

And the winner was:

Justine McSweeney

Justine McSweeney

 

About the win

Justine joined the ITAM industry after successfully proposing her ideas to senior management. She demonstrated excellent progress, moving from a service management role, in a short space of time and was rewarded with an IT Asset Manager role. We’re very pleased to recognise Justine as a rising star in the ITAM industry.

Winner’s comment

A big thanks to my Senior Leadership team at VWFS, their support and patience with me is appreciated. I’m super proud to receive this award, it’s been a 2yr challenge to get this far and i’m really excited to see where this ITAM world takes me and VWFS in the future.

We also had one other very special award at the ITAM Review Excellence Awards 2020 …

ITAM Review Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognises someone who has made an outstanding, long-lasting contribution to the world of ITAM.

The winner of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award was:

John Tomeny

John Tomeny

 

About the win

We’re very pleased to recognise John’s long-term contributions towards the ITAM industry. He has helped on all sorts of levels. I consider him a trusted advisor and wise counsel and it’s been a pleasure to have known him.

Winner’s comment

As I think about receiving The ITAM Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award, I feel both honored and humbled. In the days that followed receiving this award, many industry colleagues posted their congratulations to me on Linkedin. I realized that I would have voted for many of them to receive this award before me. The message was clear to me that the profession that we have created together – the IT Asset Management (ITAM) profession – is the collective work of all of its participants.

As innovators and early adopters of Software Asset Management (SAM) and ITAM, we achieved our best results by working together in teams. I owe a debt of gratitude to my many team members, my mentors, and my colleagues. They gave me opportunities, challenged me, and let me stand on their shoulders so we could all build something more significant than any one of us. Thank you.

Final thoughts

While it was strange delivering the ITAM Review Excellence Awards 2020 online, it was great to still have the opportunity to celebrate all the great work and recognise the contributions of so many – all around the world. One big benefit of a virtual awards ceremony is the ability for our international nominees and winners to more easily take part, and it was fantastic to have people from across the globe all online together!

You can see previous winners here.

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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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