ITAM Review Annual Conference 2017 – US

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September 27 - 28, 2017
Florida, US

About This Event

ITAM in the Cloud Era

Further to the success of our first US & UK annual conferences in 2016, The ITAM Review returns to South Florida on 27th & 28th September 2017.

This year we will continue to address the challenges that our readers face on a day-to-day basis, in particular how to manage an ITAM practice in the cloud era. Cloud still represents a small proportion of overall IT spend, but ITAM Review readers are telling us that software agreements invariably contain cloud components as cloud adoption is now a strategic focus for many software publishers.

Our expert speakers will be discussing topics including:

  • ITAM in the Cloud era
  • How to respond to and leverage the big vendors’ focus on Cloud
  • Cloud and contract negotiation tactics and contractual risks
  • Optimising your software investments
  • Open source alternatives & opportunities
  • Guidance & practical tips on software licensing
  • How to combat sharp practices from software publishers
  • Managing SaaS and subscriptions
  • Virtualization

We’re offering delegates two packed days of plenary and workshop sessions from the world’s leading ITAM speakers; ITAM Practitioners, ITAM Review Excellence Award Winners, ITAM Experts, Licensing Experts, Legal Counsel and Vendors.

The mixture of real life, ITAM theory and best practice, alongside opportunities to network with and learn from peers, will provide delegates with an un-missable 2-day event.

Price

Early bird rate (valid until 31st July 2017): $250 per person

Full price rate: $350 per person

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Who Should Attend

  • Senior IT Decision Makers
  • IT Asset Managers
  • Software Asset Managers
  • Software Licensing Specialists
  • IT Procurement Professionals

Why You Should Attend

  • Learn how to respond to and leverage the big vendors’ focus on Cloud
  • Find out how to optimise your software investments
  • Advice on cloud & contract negotiation tactics and contractual risks
  • Guidance & practical tips on managing software license risk & opportunities
  • Find out about open source alternatives & opportunities
  • Identify the best ITAM tools and services for your organisation
  • 2 packed days from the world’s leading ITAM speakers; ITAM Practitioners, ITAM Review Excellence Award Winners, ITAM Experts, Licensing Experts, Legal Counsel and Vendors
  • Opportunities to network with and learn from peers

Agenda

The full 2017 Conference agenda will be confirmed soon

 

Speakers

 


Martin Thompson, Owner & Founder
The ITAM Review

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource and community for worldwide ITAM professionals.

Martin is an independent ITAM consultant for organizations seeking independent guidance on ITAM strategy or ITAM tool selection. Martin also reviews tools, technology and services in the ITAM market.

On a voluntary basis Martin is the Chief Agitator at the Campaign for Clear Licensing, a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the SAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770 and board member of Free ICT Europe which supports the ICT secondary market.

Day 1 Plenary: ITAM in the Cloud Era

Cloud still represents a small proportion of overall IT spend, but ITAM Review readers are telling us that software agreements invariably contain cloud components as cloud adoption is now a strategic focus for many software publishers.

Modern IT Asset Managers are now required to manage their assets and license agreements in hybrid cloud environments, with myriad device types and mixed ownership models, whilst also juggling increased demands for innovation.

Join ITAM Review founder Martin Thompson to explore the essential skills and resources required for ITAM professionals in ITAM in the cloud era, as we transition further towards cloud models.

Day 2 Plenary: A future without audits or vendor hostility

Cloud was heralded as the end of SAM, yet in 2017 nothing could be further from the truth with increasing licensing complexity, audits being business as usual and software publishers still trying to fathom the part they should play in the future of IT.

In this session, ITAM Review founder Martin Thompson will discuss the trends that are shaping the software market and how IT Asset Managers can best prepare for the future.

In this session, ITAM Review founder Martin Thompson will discuss the trends that are shaping the software market and how IT Asset Managers can best prepare for the future.



Rich Gibbons, Microsoft Licensing Analyst
The ITAM Review

Rich joins 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 1 Workshop: Microsoft Licensing Surgery

In this interactive session, Rich will invite attendees to ask questions related to their current Microsoft licensing pain points, including but not limited to:

  • The different Office 365 plans – particularly E5. What do they contain, what are the differences etc.
  • Getting started with Virtual Machines in Azure – looking at the different VM types, Azure Hybrid Use Rights, Datacenter locations
  • Using on-premises licenses in the Cloud
  • Running Windows 10 in Azure
  • Where does CSP fit in
  • Office 365 Licensing and product options

Bob Stepansky, Global IT Asset Management Program Director
Iron Mountain

Bob Stepansky is the Director of Iron Mountain’s Global IT Asset Management program.  He also has responsibility for Iron Mountain’s off-shore, captive Procurement organization.  Bob has worked for CGI Systems (an IT consultancy), The Gillette Company, Fidelity Investments, and now Iron Mountain.

Throughout his career, he has held increasingly responsible positions in software development, IT infrastructure management, technology sourcing, and IT asset management.  Bob established successful hardware and software asset management programs at both Fidelity Investments and Iron Mountain from the ground up.   In addition to his current leadership role at Iron Mountain, Bob enjoys focusing upon software license grants and product use rights, technology artefact discovery and interpretation, and 3rd party audit defense.

His success at Iron Mountain was recognized in 2016 by being one of six employees around the world to receive the annual Chairman’s Club award.

Day 1 Plenary: 4 Years and 11 Audits: From Darkness to Dawn, True Stories, and Why I Am Still Gainfully Employed

In this session, Bob Stepansky, Director, Global IT Asset Management at Iron Mountain will share his candid experience of the 11 audits he successfully navigated his way through, and the 7 thwarted audit attempts he evaded. 

Bob will share his experience of managing vendor and auditor demands, audit closure obligations, what makes an organization an audit target, and a few interesting lessons learned – mostly technical – from several major audits (Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Autodesk, Adobe).  He will also share specifics about the Iron Mountain ITAM program, their internal ITAM dashboard, and further maturational progress they will be making in 2017.

 

Sponsors

For 2017 conference sponsorship opportunities, please click here or contact glenn.thompson@itassetmanagement.net

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Directions

University of South Florida, University Student Center
200 6th Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Website: http://www.usfsp.edu/visit/

Phone: 727-873-5188

Hotel Info

The Inn on Third

‘The discount we can offer is an additional $10 off our already reduced Promo Rate (20% off Rack Rate), which would bring the rate down to $84 + 13% tax per night. 

All of our rooms sleep a maximum of two guests, and the rate includes a continental breakfast buffet, a beer or glass of wine during our Evening Social, WiFi and Parking (first come, first served basis).

The discounted rate is only available if calling in by telephone. The number to call is 727 894 3248 ext. 1 (7 am to 10 pm). Please ask for the “USF Rate”‘.


Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown St. Petersburg

The rate is $134 for a standard room with a king bed or two queen beds.  Suites may be available at $25-45 more.  The rate includes complimentary breakfast and wifi.  Valet parking is available onsite at $16 per day.

There are two ways attendees can make reservations:

  1. Call the hotel directly at 727-892-9900 and ask for the University of South Florida rate.
  2. Book online at http://www.stpetehamptonsuites.com/ and use the USF corporate account number in the special rate codes section.  The corporate account number is 0560025385.

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Testimonials & Reviews

Some 2016 conference delegate feedback:

  • Thank you and your colleagues for a very inspiring 2 days…’
  • ‘Thanks Martin Thompson for arranging such an informative and wonderful conference. I would also like to thank all speakers and experts for sharing their knowledge. This is a great platform to learn, explore and get new ideas related to ITAM world’
  • I thought it was a very good conference and it was evident that the presenters had an in depth knowledge of their specialist subjects’
  • Great conference, thank you, really enjoyed it and got out of it personally and professionally’
  • ‘Excellent event. ITAM can be very isolating so nice to feel I’m not alone’
  • ‘Very good, glad I came!!’
  • ‘Thanks for a good event with a lot of concrete information’
  • ‘Really useful, great sessions’
  • ‘Day two was fantastic – very useful & great speakers with invaluable experience’
  • ‘Nice to go to an event which was interactive with the attendees, rather than just presentations’
  • ‘Excellent panel sessions’