Spring is coming! Here in the Northeast, we might not see it yet under the blanket of snow we were recently given, but it is coming.  Eventually, dormant flowers will come to life, the leaves will reappear on the trees, and the grass will begin to turn green and fill in once more.  (For some of us, ...
It’s a truism in the SAM profession:  among the many avenues to become SAM professionals, not all of them involve first-hand exposure to software development, programming, support, and other “hands-on” IT-based experiences.  This means that, although a SAM team’s internal clients are often ...
  While there are plenty of papers on eliminating duplicate code, the topic here is the consolidation of add-on 3rd Party software products sitting on top of your operating systems.
All too often we have seen SAM teams make a case for an investment in their organization’s SAM Program only to be turned down completely. Or, they receive funding but do not meet the Return On Investment (ROI) that was expected and so future efforts are not so well received. Sound familiar?
In my previous posts, I’ve discussed the value of communicating the SAM program’s importance to your internal corporate audience.  One very efficient way to do this is to develop a “brand” for your SAM program. To build a brand, you need something easy to remember –a “catchy” brand name that is ...
It’s that time of year again where families get together and friends reconnect – the holidays are upon us.  While the grown-ups reflect on the year that passed and consider resolutions  for the New Year, the children enjoy time off school and put together their wish-list for Santa. I was reminded ...
Son says:  “Dad I want a super laser supreme gun from Santa for Christmas.  It has a real laser light I can shoot at a target to make a bell ring!! Can I have it? Can I? Can I? Can I?” Dad says: [worried that Junior will aim the gun at dog] “Go ask your Mother”. This exchange demonstrates one of ...
December is always that time of the year where we take a step back to see where we’ve been and look forward to what we’d like to do in the following year.  So I thought this would be a good time to take a short look at the history of BigFix and the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT), and think about ...
In the day-to-day world of SAM, a common challenge is how to manage users’ expectations regarding fulfillment of their software orders. Here are some common protests you may hear from business units who are navigating the license request process – especially if your organization is introducing new ...
The promise of artificial intelligence (AI), machine-learning and Big Data analytics can be hard to achieve without bringing in the right talent. Siwel looks for curious, thoughtful, data scientists with multi-domain skills, spanning engineering and quantitative analysis, or data governance experts ...