In many respects IT Asset Management (ITAM), and Software Asset Management (SAM) in particular, have come a long way in the 14 years that I have been in the industry. To keep pace with the advancements in hardware and software assets, their associated licensing metrics, and the technical ...
Imagine you’ve been asked by executives in your company to manage the upcoming audit with Software Vendor #42. This supplier has a history of aggressive enforcement of software entitlements and is contractually allowed to audit your use of his software.
When I first joined this industry 15 years ago, there were not a lot of highly experienced Software Asset Management (SAM) professionals. In fact, the SAM tools market was equally as light. Back then, we were all figuring out how to best approach SAM while on-the-job.
One of the most common issues I see in my day-to-day SAM work is incomplete data. In many cases, the incomplete data is a surprise to the teams assembling it, and the teams analyzing it as well. To some extent, it is unrealistic to expect data to be complete at the first, second, or even the third ...
If you’ve been in the IT industry for a long time, it’s amazing to see that what’s old becomes new again.  Remember IBM’s System Network Architecture or SNA? It was a proprietary protocol stack that enabled computers and their resources to be connected together. IBM’s Virtual Telecommunications ...
When discussing software licensing in your organization, how many times have you heard someone say “oh, that software is free”, or “we don’t need to buy a license, we have an enterprise agreement”? Or my favorite … “it’s okay if we’re over-installed; we pay XYZ vendor so much money, they’ll never ...
My prior three BLOGS discussed basic aspects of licensing IBM MLC and zOTC software products. This time I am focusing on possible ways to control, and hopefully reduce, MLC Software costs. But first, a review of a couple of topics. 
So much of the Software Asset Management (SAM) blogosphere deals with keeping your asset data current: knowing where your machines are, what software is on them, how they are being used and tips & techniques on tools that can help manage the process. I even wrote a blog back in April of 2017 on ...
In my last article, I made the case for “thinking like a database” while you’re working in Excel files. The idea, in a nutshell, is to instill certain habits of clean and organized data so that you can upsize to a database if you desire. Why would you want to upsize? Well, to keep it brief, ...
In our line of work we perform Software Asset Management (SAM) assessments all the time. We ask clients many questions about how they manage their licensed software entitlements during these assessments and some of the questions pertain to the client’s company policy as it applies to SAM.