Ending the vendor audit cycle

Vendor software and audits have become so common in the enterprise IT landscape that they are beginning to be accepted as “business as usual.”
Vendor audit cycle: audits have become so common in the enterprise IT landscape that they are beginning to be accepted as “business as usual.” This article has been contributed by Walker White of BDNA. Ending the vendor audit cycle Vendor software and hardware audits have become so common in the enterprise IT landscape that they are beginning to be accepted as “business as usual.” In fact,...

What stops organizations from executing effective Software Asset Management?

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  What is the brick wall stopping your progress with ITAM? If your organization is running an in-house Software Asset Management program, the chances are your SAM team can boil their activity down to one thing: Compliance. Ensuring your organization isn’t under-licensed (and therefore risking blowing the budget if you’re audited) is one of the prime objectives of software asset managers, but...

Can you resell software licenses? The latest legal position in 2016

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This is a guest post from Robin Fry of Cerno.  The European Court has restated the legality of the resale of software in Europe in its latest judgment but confirmed that the principle does not extend to software transferred on back-up discs. The October 2016 ruling is the first by Europe’s highest court since its seminal 2012 decision concerning Oracle programs which effectively equated software...

Live from SAMPARIS16 – French SAM market growing, beware HP software audit risk

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SAMPARIS2016, Le Duplex Paris Etoile 2 bis avenue Foch I’m at SAMPARIS2016 in Paris for the second annual SAM event hosted by Easytrust. I attended the event last year too and it’s great to see even more SAM professionals discussing all things SAM in the French market. I had a conversation with a well-respected and experienced SAM professional and we were discussing the news of HPE’s ‘merger’...

SAM Tool Selection Kit (Free Download)

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SAM Tool Selection Kit I’m pleased to share a SAM Tool Selection Tool Kit for ITAM Review readers facing the challenge of the SAM tool selection process. The RFI Questionnaire in the kit is the same questionnaire we used for the SAM Tools Universe report, an independent review of 8 leading SAM tools. SAM Tool Selection Kit Contents: 71 Point RFI Questionnaire (Excel Spreadsheet) – 71 questions...

$247 Average software waste per user

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1E reports average $247 software waste per user 1E have published some interesting research into the volume of unused software in large organizations. Their analysis is based on reviewing the actual usage data of 149 companies and their 4.6 millions machines. The report is available here (Registration required). The average waste per user was calculated as $247 per user. How much would that equate...

2016 SAM Tools Universe

Assessment criteria and weighting for the SAM Tools Universe
I am pleased to announce the publication of our ‘2016 SAM Tools Universe‘ report, an independent assessment of leading SAM tools for large enterprises. It has taken us the best part of eight months to compile the research, sorry for the delay. Starting in February and originally planned for a June 2016 publication, the project was delayed due to a) the limited time of the vendors participating,...

The rising importance of user management

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In this video Filipa Preston, CEO of Software Optimization Services (SOS), shares why she believes user management is a growing priority for Software Asset Managers. SOS are based out of Perth in Australia and won the Microsoft SAM Partner of the Year 2016. Key talking points: Cost control and efficiency via user allocation User profiles as new priority for ITAM Without user management organizations...

Event: ISO/IEC ITAM Standards Summit

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ITAM Standards Summit from WG21 UPDATE: Event cancelled due to insufficient interest.  A public event to discuss ISO/IEC ITAM Standards Working Group 21 (WG21), the group that develops ITAM standards, is hosting an industry summit to share the latest developments in standards and provide an opportunity for worldwide ITAM practitioners to connect to, and interact and share their feedback with, the...

Increasing your chances of a favourable audit settlement

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In this video, Brian Ross Global Audit Director of Veritas Technologies, talks to us about increasing your chances of a favourable audit settlement by maintaining a positive and productive relationship with your vendor. Brian explains that the key is to involve all internal organisational parties from the start of the audit process to avoid delays and frustration on both sides.     Brian will...

How SAM empowers CyberSecurity

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In this video Vincent Smyth, SVP EMEA of Flexera Software shares his opinion on the increased level security risks relating to applications over the past two years, and shares his advice on CyberSecurity for security professionals.   Flexera Software are Gold Sponsors and will be exhibiting at and co-facilitating focus workshop sessions at both our US & UK Conferences this Autumn. Come...

Quick guide to Microsoft BYOL (Bring your own licensing)

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This quick guide to Microsoft BYOL (Bring Your Own Licensing)  has been contributed by Deepika Shrivastava. Cloud computing has been attributed with increasing competitiveness through cost reduction, greater flexibility, elasticity and optimal resource utilization. With Cloud, there are few challenges like proper Licensing and compliance maintenance. This may look weird to many, as Cloud has their...

Getting Started with SAM

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In this video, Richard Spithoven from b.lay shares his advice for those getting started with Software Asset Management (SAM). Richard covers the three fundamentals of SAM (People, Process and Tools) and shares how a risk assessment should be the first task during SAM tool selection.     Richard will be speaking at both our UK and USA conferences on day two covering Oracle Audit Defence,...

Microsoft: “Shelfware should be conceded”

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Mark Bradford, Microsoft : “Shelfware should be conceded” Mark Bradford, UK head of Software Asset Management (SAM) and Compliance at Microsoft, suggests that Shelfware should be conceded and customers should not be punished for honest mistakes. “Bradford said his group, responsible for working with channel firms to perform reviews of customers, didn’t want to punish “honest...

Land and expand…. what is possible when SAM is done right

Filipa Preston, CEO, Software Optimization Services
In the video below I interview Filipa Preston, CEO of Software Optimization Services from Perth in Australia. Filipa describes her recent Microsoft 2016 SAM Partner of the Year award and how the case study that won her company the award was a text book example of the value possible with SAM. Meet Filipa at our USA conference in September. Land and expand…. what is possible when SAM is done right Unified...