The ITAM Review

News, reviews and resources for worldwide ITAM, SAM and Licensing professionals.

Author: Rory Canavan

Articles

  • ITAM Process Maturity Self Assessment Guide

    In preparation for module two of our 12 Box training program “How to harness ITAM and ITSM integration“, Rory Canavan provides a guide to assessing your own ITAM process maturity. Do people engage with your processes? Telltale Signs of Poor ITAM Process The following...

  • Process of the Month – SAM Process Review Process

    Establishing a SAM framework can take a mammoth effort In the final process of the month, we have a process that is all too often missed but can be as vital as the audit and reconciliation process itself, and that is the SAM Process Review Process.  Establishing a SAM framework can...

  • Process of the Month – Software Removal Process

    Software removal best practice – software is a company asset and should be lent out on a piece of elastic – pinged back to the company if not in use. I had some fun deciding on whether to call this a software retirement process, or whether it should be what I settled on...

  • Process of the Month – Software Request Process

    Try not to map the moon! I suspect the reason many folks get in such a bind with designing a process to handle software requests is that they try and bundle no end of steps into the overall process, including procurement, testing, deployment etc.  The trick with process engineering...

  • Process of the Month – Platform Identity Process

    Switching off Servers and seeing who complains first/loudest is not recommended! We are not yet at that stage with inventory systems where they can tell us what classification or type of server a particular machine is.  Development, Test, Academic, Training or Evaluation installations...

  • Process of the Month – Named User Verification Process

    Named User Licenses are typically not cheap This is another area of Software Asset Management that often gets over-looked; namely the updating and maintaining of data concerning named user licenses.  This could be viewed as another déjà vu moment; insofar as the core of the process...

  • Process of the Month – Scope Verification Process

    You need a vigorous build process in place to ensure that agents are configured on devices PRIOR to going live on a network Donald Rumsfeld once made a speech concerning “known-knowns, known-unknowns and unknown unknowns” (what a star!)  The scope verification process seeks to...

  • Process of the Month – Joiners, Movers and Leavers Process

    CMDB is a golden source Sometimes within Software Asset Management we become so focused on producing an audit and reconciliation report, that we miss the bigger picture in taking state data and converting it into a tangible business decision.  One such area often overlooked is that...

  • Process of the Month – Software Rationalisation Process

    Assign a status of Red (to be removed), Amber (can stay for now) and Green (preferred) Following on from last month’s process of Maintaining a Supported Software Catalogue, we have another process that seemingly appears inconsequential but again, can add great value to the business...