SAP restrictive practices rile customers. CCL files complaint with Competition and Markets Authority

This article captures the main discussion points and actions from two Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings regarding SAP Licensing. As a result of the conference calls I have, on behalf of The Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) logged a complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK regarding SAP Licensing and audit behaviour. A follow up SIG call will be scheduled in the next...

Podcast Episode 30: Microsoft Licensing – Hot Topics

Following Rich joining The ITAM Review team last week, we thought we catch up with the Microsoft Licensing Guru himself on a Podcast to discuss the current hot topics in Microsoft Licensing. Podcast Topics Introducing Rich Gibbons Premises & The Cloud Azure & Office 365 Steve Ballmer & Satya Nadella Windows 10 Cloud Service Provider Model – Who are they & what do they do? The...

Autodesk hikes maintenance prices to sell subscriptions

In a statement issued to customers. Autodesk has declared its intention to being a subscription only company. The statement infers a general direction towards subscription rather than a specific cut-off date, but it is clear that Autodesk is keen to transition customers across to the new recurring revenue model. Autodesk state: “We believe that subscribing is the best way for you to get the greatest...

Podcast Episode 29: Women in the Field of ITAM

Further to a recent survey, we found that 27% of The ITAM Review audience are female which lead to me to have a discussion with Kylie Fowler, CEO of ITAM Intelligence and leader of the BCS Group. In this Podcast, we discuss women in the field of ITAM, specifically, what roles are available and how to get into the ITAM field. Podcast Topics Who are ITAM Intelligence? The BCS Group Kylie’s introduction...

2017 ITAM Review Salary Survey

Number of assets versus team size – from our 2014 Salary Survey How does your salary compare to your ITAM industry peers? How big is your team and the resources available to you compared to others in the industry. Your feedback is required! Please participate in our ITAM Review community survey into salaries, resources and trends. START THE SURVEY (Now closed) By participating in the 2017 salary...

Drinks company Diageo lose battle with SAP, indirect access continues to wreak havoc

Diageo
Special cocktail: SAP mixes up £58m Indirect Access bill for drinks group Diageo. Diageo is a British multinational alcoholic drinks company. HQ is in London, It is the world’s largest producer of spirits and a major producer of beer. £10BN Revenue, 33K Employees. The UK High Court has ruled in favour of SAP who sued the global drinks company Diageo in a dispute over indirect licensing, reports...

Outsource ITAM or keep in-house?

When should you outsource ITAM to a third party? When does it make more sense to keep resources in house? This article is in response to an ITAM Review reader question as follows (edited for brevity): “I’ve recently become the ITAM Leader at <Company>. Where I’m needing help is around a few key topics my new management is asking. <Company> is in <financial services sector> and...

Introducing Rich Gibbons, Licensing Analyst

Rich Gibbons We are very pleased to welcome Rich Gibbons to The ITAM Review team as our new Licensing Analyst. Rich Gibbons ‘Rich has almost 14 years’ experience in the world of IT and software licensing, having been both a software sales manager for a VAR and a Microsoft licensing endorsed trainer. A Northerner renowned for his shirts, Rich is a fan of most films, Hip-Hop, travel, football...

Podcast Episode 28: Quick Guide to ISO/IEC 19770-1

In this podcast, I am joined by Rory Canavan of SAM Charter to share his views and experiences on ISO/IEC 19770-1 Standard. Throughout the podcast, Rory refers to SAM Charter’s approach to SAM: CLICK TO ENLARGE Discussion Topics: The role of ISO/IEC 19770-1 in SAM implementations Risk Assessment and gap analysis Setting up a governance process RACI Communications Plan Process Maps System Requirements...

Review: BDNA Technopedia

This review takes a look at the core capabilities of BDNA Technopedia, the route to market for the company, competitive strengths and weaknesses, and market reach. Check out the full review on Tools Advisor here. At a Glance “A unique and innovative offering. BDNA aggregates, cleanses and filters enterprise data sources into a single source of asset data, then enriches it with market intelligence...

Excellence Awards Profile: SAM at Roche; Think big, start small

George Arezina
The SAM team at Roche won the ITAM Review Project of the Year 2016 in our Excellence Awards in November. In this article George Arezina shares the story behind the Roche win. Thanks to George and team for sharing their journey.  An established global leader in research focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, F. Hoffmann La Roche AG (Roche) has stood for excellence...

SAP Special Interest Group (SIG) – Call for participants

Is SAP indirect access hindering IoT innovation? The ITAM Review invites readers to join a new Special Interest Group (SIG) dedicated to SAP licensing, in particular SAP Indirect Access. SAP Indirect access remains a cash cow for SAP during audits due to unclear terms and the growing nature of Internet connected devices and systems. SAP customers complain that SAP licensing is not keeping up with innovation.  Indirect...

Discovery, software recognition and optimisation in a SaaS world

SaaS apps transcend the IT department, so should SaaS optimisation Many ITAM Review readers are yet to get their arms around the issue of managing the risk and cost of cloud based software. Whilst it still represents a small percentage of annual spend, it’s a growing area and something we need to learn how to manage. IDC predicts that by 2018 SaaS will represent 27.8% of the Enterprise Applications...

Crowdsourced Favourites, Top 20 most read from 2016

2016 top 20 most read We published 112 articles in 2016, which ones got read the most by ITAM Review readers? Top 20 most popular published in 2016 Mars Inc. sue Oracle over audit tactics Enterprise SAM tool market share analysis Enterprise SAM tool customer satisfaction scores Audit Defence Checklist – Nice to have, negotiable or non-negotiable terms ServiceNow enters SAM market by the backdoor,...

Driving successful SAM Managed Service Provider relationships

SAM Managed Service Provider
I met with Gerben Vermeulen and Arjen Hamerling of Prof-IT group back in December in Amsterdam. In this video we have a quick chat about driving a successful relationship with SAM Managed Service providers. As independent SAM consultants, Gerben and Arjen are often sat between the customer and the SAM Managed Service provider trying to drive SAM implementation success – so it was interesting...