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Wisdom Australia 2019: Our Australian ITAM conference returns

  • 20th & 21st November 2019
  • Bayview Eden, Melbourne

 

 

Wednesday 20 November 2019

About this event

The ITAM Review returns with our third annual Australian ITAM conference on 20th-21st November 2019 at the marvellous Bayview Eden, Melbourne – with a focus on taking ITAM beyond IT.

This is the only independent ITAM focused event in Australasia, offering unrivalled end-user-only networking and interaction and helping you to keep current and move forwards.

Taking ITAM beyond IT

As our roles grow in seniority and technology changes, our scope increases. This conference will help equip you to grasp the opportunities to expand the reach of ITAM, offering advice on working with new and more senior stakeholders whilst also adjusting to the challenges of managing new asset types.

As well as our usual, excellent content around the various aspects of ITAM, we want to help prepare you, and your organisations, for the changes on the horizon.

Our expert speakers will be discussing topics including:

• Managing cloud costs in a DevOps era, and the emerging discipline of FinOps
• The latest in IaaS / SaaS management tools
• The growing importance of Hardware Asset Management
• Microsoft licensing in the cloud era
• What’s new in IBM Licensing
• The latest Audit Defence news, trends, and tactics
• Engaging with senior stakeholders
• Building an ITAM team & influencing senior management
• The latest salary trends, hottest skills, and the expertise required for the 2020s

Don’t miss this unique Australian ITAM conference and your chance to increase the visibility, credibility, and value of ITAM to your organisation.

If you’d like to be a speaker at this year’s event, head here.

 

Price

Early bird rate (valid until 30th September 2019): $499 per person

Full price rate: $699 per person

Consultant/ Partner rate: $1,199 per person

More than 3 delegates? Contact us to discuss group booking discounts.

Training Courses

Attend our 1-day Microsoft Licensing Training Course the day prior to the conference – click here for details and bundle ticket price (limited places available).

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Who should attend

Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned pro, there’s something for you at Wisdom 2019.

  • Senior IT Decision Makers
  • IT Asset Managers
  • Software Asset Managers
  • Software Licensing Specialists
  • IT Procurement Professionals
  • FinOps/cloud cost analysts

With plenty of dedicated networking opportunities, the chance to get the latest updates from tool and service providers, discussions around audit, IaaS and SaaS cost management, engaging with stakeholders, and more – we’re confident you’ll find value in Wisdom.

Agenda

Full agenda details to be confirmed shortly.

 

Day 1

TIME

ACTIVITY

08:30 – 09:00 

Registration

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome to the ‘Wisdom – Taking ITAM beyond IT’ Conference:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

09:15 – 09:45

2019 Salary and Skills Survey – The Results:
Martin Thompson, The ITAM Review

09:45 – 10:30

Meet your peers interactive session

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshment break

SOLUTION SPOTLIGHT
 

ROOM 1


ROOM 2
 

ROOM 3

 

ROOM 4

11:00 – 11:15

Topic TBC:
Crayon
Topic TBC:
TMG
Topic TBC:
ServiceNow

Topic TBC:
AirTrack

11:20 – 11:35

Topic TBC:
Crayon
Topic TBC:
TMG
Topic TBC:
ServiceNow

Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC

11:40 – 11:55

Topic TBC:
Crayon
Topic TBC:
TMG
Topic TBC:
ServiceNow

Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC

WORKSHOP STREAMS

AUDIT DEFENCE WE DID IT – SUCCESS STORIES

NEXT GENERATION ITAM

12:00 – 13:00

My Life as an Adobe Auditor:
Wes Lewis, Look Licensing
Women in ITAM:
Speaker TBC
IaaS: Reserved Instances, Costs, and FinOps:
Rich Gibbons,The ITAM Review

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:00

Quest Software Audits:
Kristy Hawkins, Xcite Consulting
Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC

CMDB & Cloud:
Wajma Amid, Boral

15:00 – 16:00 Managing Enterprise Software Vendors: Audits and Disputes:
Matthew Southwell, Telstra & Erica Chan, Gilbert + Tobin
Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC

Getting started with SaaS for IT Asset Managers:
AJ Witt, The ITAM Review

16:00 – 16:20

Refreshment Break

16.20 – 16.50

Workshop Recap Roundtable Session 

16.50 – 17.20

Industry Panel Session:
Speakers TBC

17.20 – 17.30

Day One Wrap-up:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

17.30 – 19:00

Networking Reception

 

Day 2

 

TIME

ACTIVITY

09.00 – 09.30

Registration

09.30 – 09.45

Welcome back:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

09.45 – 10.30

Stories that shook the (ITAM) world in 2018/19:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

10.30 – 11.00

Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC

11.00 – 11.20

Refreshment Break

11.20 – 12:00

Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC

WORKSHOP STREAMS

STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT ANALYST PICK’S

LICENSING

12:00 – 13:00

Interactive Workshop: How to secure and maintain senior management support for ITAM:
Martin Thompson, The ITAM Review
Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC

Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.00

Engaging Stakeholders:
Miriam Redding, Navigate Clear
Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC
Topic TBC:
Speaker TBC

15.00 – 15.45

Workshop Recap Roundtable Session

15:45 – 15:55

 Closing Remarks and Prize Giving:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

Speakers

Full speaker details to be confirmed in due course.

If you would be interested in speaking at this event, please complete this form.

Plenary speakers

  • Rich Gibbons

    Rich Gibbons

    Licensing Analyst, The ITAM Review

    Rich Gibbons

    Licensing Analyst, The ITAM Review

    Rich joined The ITAM Review in March 2017, having 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.

    Day One Workshop: IaaS: Reserved Instances, Costs, and FinOps

    Cloud cost management is a top priority for any organisation using public cloud such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

    There are methods and means to help you start analysing your spend and reducing costs, available to you right now. In these session we will discuss some of these options and take a look at the free tools and what they can do

    Day Two Plenary: Stories that shook the (ITAM) world in 2018/19

    Join Rich for a look at some of the biggest, most interesting, and most relevant stories from this past year.

    This interactive session will cover licensing, audits, lawsuits, government investigations (and more) and feature vendors including Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP – all to help give you a view of what’s happening globally in our industry, and how it might impact you and your organisation.

  • Martin Thompson

    Martin Thompson

    Owner & Founder, The ITAM Review

    Martin Thompson

    Owner & Founder, The ITAM Review

    Day One Plenary: 2019 Salary and Skills Survey – The results

    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? Do you have the right skillset to equip you for the future?

    Join this session to discuss the results of the 2019 Salary and Skills survey from The ITAM Review and gain insights into your own salary, your team and the skills required for the future.

    Day One Workshop: How to fortify your audit castle – Open forum

    Join this discussion, under the chatham house rule, to explore current vendor audit activity and share defence and avoidance strategies.

    Day Two Workshop: How to secure and maintain senior management support for ITAM

    Join this interactive session to learn:

    • How to sell ITAM to senior management
    • How to create a compelling, relevant and realistic business plan
    • Measure success and keep your senior management team engaged

Workshop speakers

  • AJ Witt

    AJ Witt

    ITAM Industry Analyst, The ITAM Review

    AJ Witt

    ITAM Industry Analyst, The ITAM Review

    AJ Witt is ITAM Industry Analyst at The ITAM Review. Previous to joining the ITAM Review team in April 2018, he was Software Asset Manager for Carnival UK, operators of the P&O & Cunard cruise lines. Coming from a background in IT Infrastructure technical operations IT Security & Compliance, AJ is well-placed to share his experience of how dynamic SAM teams can build mutually-beneficial stakeholder engagement. AJ lives close to the New Forest National Park and enjoys cycling when his son isn’t keeping him busy with music, astronomy, and art projects.

    Day One Workshop: ITAM Success Story – Cost-effective non-production licensing with Visual Studio

    Hear how AJ Witt saved over £200k by licensing non-production environments with Visual Studio (MSDN) licenses. Ensure compliance for non-production with the right tracking, procedures, and policies.

    Day One Workshop: Getting started with SaaS for IT Asset Managers

    SaaS provides ITAM Managers with the next big opportunity to deliver value for their organisations. In this session AJ Witt will outline the tools, policies, and people required to effectively manage your SaaS estate – even if much of it is beyond your direct control.
  • Wes Lewis

    Wes Lewis

    Founder, Look Licensing

    Wes Lewis

    Founder, Look Licensing

    Wes Lewis has a decade’s worth of experience in the Software Asset Management and License Management Space.  After working in the partner eco system for 5 years, he rounded out his career managing and conducting audits at Deloitte and Adobe.  Now, he has founded his own boutique SAM agency specializing in Microsoft and Adobe license optimization and risk mitigation.

    Day One Workshop: My Life as an Adobe Auditor

    Part One: Adobe’s Current Portfolio of Anti-Piracy and Compliance Efforts

    • Adobe Genuine – similar to Windows Get Genuine from the mid 2000’s
    • Marketplace Cleanup – Removing listings for counterfeit products
    • SMB compliance – “soft” audits or “self assessments” for smaller businesses
    • BSA Participation – BSA led legal action in cooperation with other alliance members

    Part Two: License Management – Direct Adobe Audits

    • Region Specifics
    • Process
    • Advice

    Part Three: Other Adobe Tips

    • Creative Cloud Misconceptions – it can run offline!
    • Adobe ID vs Enterprise ID
    • Acrobat vs “the clones” (nuance, nitro, foxit etc)
    • Misuse of Acrobat

     

  • Matthew Southwell

    Matthew Southwell

    Legal Counsel, Telstra

    Matthew Southwell

    Legal Counsel, Telstra

    I am a technology lawyer at Telstra, Australia’s largest telco, with a focus on large scale software, cloud, IT infrastructure and outsourcing projects. I have experience negotiating with some of the largest global software and technology providers and am sought after to advise on risks relating to software licencing, licence audits, data security and privacy.

    Day One Workshop: Managing Enterprise Software Vendors: Audits and Disputes

    Organisations of all sizes are transforming and digitising their businesses by replacing legacy IT infrastructure with cloud services, or deploying enterprise software solutions to automate manual processes. This presentation touches on key issues which software asset management teams should consider when negotiating these critical IT contracts to avoid costly disputes arising later on down the track.

  • Kristy Hawkins

    Kristy Hawkins

    Managing Director, Xcite Consulting

    Kristy Hawkins

    Managing Director, Xcite Consulting

    Kristy Hawkins is a Managing Director at Xcite Consulting, and has over 18 years of professional experience both at Big-4 and in industry. Kristy has lead global teams in ITAM projects and software licensing audits with a particular focus on IBM, Microsoft, Quest and Software AG.

    Day One Workshop: Quest Software Audits

    Quest have an aggressive audit strategy – often looking to generate as high a non-compliance bill as possible. Knowing what to watch out for, and how to defend against their tactics, can make a difference to the tune of millions of dollars.

    This session will discuss how a Quest Audit is conducted, typical focus areas, common pitfalls, challenges, and how you can be better prepared if/when they come to your door.

  • Erica Chan

    Erica Chan

    Technology and Digital Lawyer, Gilbert + Tobin

    Erica Chan

    Technology and Digital Lawyer, Gilbert + Tobin

    I’m a Technology and Digital lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin, specialising in IT contracting, privacy and data security. I have advised clients on a broad range of projects including large-scale strategic software acquisition, IT outsourcing, and network virtualisation. I combine my experience negotiating complex commercial transactions with a passion for contract simplification and design.

    Day One Workshop: Managing Enterprise Software Vendors: Audits and Disputes

    Organisations of all sizes are transforming and digitising their businesses by replacing legacy IT infrastructure with cloud services, or deploying enterprise software solutions to automate manual processes. This presentation touches on key issues which software asset management teams should consider when negotiating these critical IT contracts to avoid costly disputes arising later on down the track.

  • Miriam Redding

    Miriam Redding

    Director, Navigate Clear

    Miriam Redding

    Director, Navigate Clear

    Miriam Redding has worked in the ICT industry for more than 15 years in the US and Australia/New Zealand. She currently directs Navigate Clear, an independent software advisory firm. She also co-founded an EdTech startup, One on Epsilon.

    Prior to founding Navigate Clear, Miriam was responsible for developing the licensing practice at Certus, using auditing and other best practice tools to assist clients in maximising benefit from their software investment.

    Miriam has always had an interest in software licensing issues and her experience spans Microsoft, Citrix, Business Objects, and Adobe, as well as IBM. In 2005 she made licensing the focus of her work. Since then she has worked specifically with IBM licensing, developing an awareness of the complex licensing models of many IBM products. She knows how best to deploy, monitor, and manage IBM assets. Working closely with IBM for 12 years, Miriam has a clear understanding of how IBM operates and how to work with IBM to ensure the best outcome for her clients.

    Day Two Workshop: Engaging Stakeholders

    This interactive session will cover off scenarios of working with stakeholders across the business to help further promote your ITAM goals. We will review examples to identify stakeholders you should be engaging with, and ways to engage. We will also cover the key benefits to be gained from engaging with various stakeholders. Bring along your own challenges and let the collective intelligence of the group assist in finding solutions.

Why you should attend

  • Hear from our expert speakers on topics such as:
    – Managing public cloud (IaaS) like Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS
    – Managing SaaS such as Office 365 and Salesforce
    – Why Security and ITAM should work together
    – How ITAM should work with finance to address SaaS & IaaS cost risks
    – Hardware Asset Management
    – Should ITAM look after systems patching
    – Internet of Things (IoT) and ITAM
  • Discover how to engage with senior stakeholders to expand your ITAM practice into new areas
  • Hear success stories from your peers to inspire you to deliver on new areas of improvement
  • Get practical advice on tool selection and how to manage new asset types
  • Opportunities to network with and learn from peers in person or via the conference app
  • Enjoy a streamlined conference experience via the app, enabling efficient meetings with sponsors, speakers and your peers

New this year

Success Stories

These new sessions feature stories from real world practitioners, with a focus on practical advice and experience to help you progress your careers. Hear from your peers as they discuss what has worked for them throughout their careers, and how it could help you too.

Women in ITAM

Following on from a successful start in the UK, our aim with this session is to create an interactive discussion around the current situation for women in ITAM, hearing thoughts, questions, and advice from people new to the industry as well as more experienced members too.

New Name

Wisdom is the new name for our conferences and we chose this as we feel it reflects the quality of our expert speakers and the practical advice available to attendees of our worldwide conference events – distilling the essence of those events into a single word.

Sponsors

To discuss sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact us.

Silver Sponsors (Sold out)

 


Bronze Sponsors

Exhibitor Sponsors

 

 

Coffee & Cake Sponsors

Directions

6 Queens Road,
Melbourne,
Victoria,
3004
Australia

Getting to this hotel couldn’t be easier. It’s 35 minutes from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) by taxi or car and a mere 10 minutes by tram or cab from Flinders Street station, which is the gateway to the office blocks, restaurants and bars of the CBD. If you’re driving, the hotel’s secure underground car parking is available for just 15 AUD a day.

Hotel Information

Bayview Eden Melbourne

We have secured a preferential rate with the Bayview Eden Hotel for $175.00 per night. The rate includes breakfast and has flexibility on the cancellation terms. Please click here to book directly with the hotel. Please note – there are limited rooms available for a limited time only.

Mantra St Kilda Hotel

A discounted rate has also been secured at the The Mantra St Kilda Hotel, which is a 15 minute walk from the conference venue. Please click here to book directly with the hotel, using the discount code “MantraHotels”. You will receive a 10% discount on the best available rate at the time of booking.

Mecure Melbourne Albert Park

The Mecure Melbourne Albert Park is a 20minute walk from the Bayview Eden Hotel. Please contact the hotel reservation department directly to arrange the booking and check the best available rates.

Things to do in Melbourne

There is such a variety to do and see in Melbourne, below is a small selection of interesting landmarks, guided tours and restaurants.

Interesting Landmarks

 

The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark and tourist destination in Melbourne as it is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market is open every day of the week except Mondays and Wednesdays. However, during the summer months it is open on a Wednesday night, where there is a night market which offers dining, bars, live entertainment and a variety of other stalls. The market sells a variety ofdelicatessen food and alsoa large non-food related market, selling a diverse range of clothing, shoes, jewellery and handmade arts and crafts.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are botanic gardens based across two sites in Melbourne and Cranbourne. The garden was created in 1846 and is over 89 acres that slope to the river with trees, garden beds, lakes and lawns. It displays almost 50,000 individual plants representing 8,500 different species. These are displayed in 30 living plant collections.

The Melbourne Star is a giant Ferris wheel in the Waterfront City precinct in the Docklands area of Melbourne. Described by its operators as “the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel”,it is 120 m (394 ft) tall and has seven spokes, reflecting the seven-pointed star of the Australian flag. A ride (one complete rotation) takes 30 minutes and, according to the Star’s website, provides uninterrupted 360-degree views of up to 40 kilometres.

Guided Tours

 

Highlights of Melbourne River Cruise
Enjoy a cruise down the Yarra River taking in the sites of Melbourne, including beautiful buildings, skyscrapers, bars and parks. The highlights include Westgate Bridge, a 19thCentury sailing ship, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Victorian Arts Centre and Government House. You can relax on the sundeck whilst listening to the on-board commentary and learn about Melbourne’s fascinating history. The cruise is a round trip and departs from departure fromBerth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing, Lower Promenade, located at the rear of Langham Hotel, Southgate. Food and drink are not available to buy, small quantities of food and drink can be taken onboard.

Free cancellation is available up to 24hrs before the activity start. Printed or mobile vouchers are accepted, and instant confirmation is received once booked.

Duration:       2hrs – departing at 11am, 12:10pm or 1:30pm
Price:               £25.00p/person
Website:         www.getyourguide.co.uk

Melbourne Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour
Explore all of Melbourne’s most famous landmarks, including Federation Square, the Eureka Skydeck, Fitzroy Gardens, Chinatown, St. Kilda Marina, and much more. From the open-top deck you’ll have stunning panoramic views of this modern city, you can benefit from unlimited usage of the bus within a 24hr period. The tour included an audio commentary.

Free cancellation is available up to 24hrs before the activity start. Printed or mobile vouchers are accepted, and instant confirmation is received once booked.

Duration:       24hrs, between 09:30am – 5:30pm
Price:               £25.00p/person
Website:         www.getyourguide.co.uk

Melbourne Lane Ways Tour
Discover the local culture of Melbourne by exploring the unique laneways with a local guide. Discover secret galleries, hidden shops and laneway cafes off the beaten track and the architecture and street art with a local knowledgeable guide.

Free cancellation is available up to 24hrs before the activity start. Printed or mobile vouchers are accepted, and instant confirmation is received once booked.

Duration:       2.5hrs, starting at 10am
Price:               £40.00p/person
Website:         www.getyourguide.co.uk

Restaurants

 

Straight Outta Saigon
Asian Fusion
££ – £££

Da Guido Melbourne la Pasta
Italian
££ – £££

Cucinetta
Mediterranean
££ – £££

 

Testimonials and reviews

Some previous conference delegate feedback:

‘This was by far the best event I’ve been to and I got so much out of going, more than I ever expected. I would recommend it to everyone in our industry. For me personally both my ITAM roles have been basically me left to my own devices to build ITAM functions from scratch so it was a great confidence boost to hear the experts talk about this and describe pretty much what I had done, sort of validating that I had done things the right way, and it was brilliant to meet a community of people who enjoy talking about ITAM and SAM as much as I do! Thanks again for putting on an amazing event’

‘Loved it, already looking forward to next year’

‘Great to have you guys Down Under’

‘I really enjoyed this event. The speakers were knowledgeable and the content was great’

‘Good to hear that others we felt were a long way progressed are not as mature as expected’

‘Useful conference, good networking’

‘Thank you for bringing this event to Sydney’

‘Great content, very topical. Appreciate the flexibility to accommodate questions from the floor in the Q&A session’

‘The panel was really useful’

‘Let’s do this every year in Sydney and promote ITAM in Australia big time’

‘Great job, thank you for coming to Oz’

‘Come back next year!’

‘Love the work The ITAM Review does’

‘Awesome event as per last year’

‘Fantastic event for first time’

‘Insightful and relevant topics. A worth while event’