Thanks to the commonality of software audits and increasing awareness of the importance of software license compliance, the term “SAM” (Software Asset Management) has gained familiarity in the business world.  The end goal for any SAM program, of course, is a high degree of effectiveness and ...
Choosing a post-warranty computer hardware maintenance plan for your company’s onsite computers is a balancing act requiring allocation of funds in the most cost-effective manner to produce the right level of computer availability.  It tends to be an error-prone maneuver with lots of moving parts ...
Let’s face some facts everyone. You’re going to undergo a software publisher audit(s) and most likely one of those publishers will be IBM. It’s also highly likely that some non-compliance issues will be found, resulting in unbudgeted expenditure for additional licenses and/or fees – but does that ...
Siwel pioneered the concept that a good IT Asset Management Program was only possible with a balance of tools, people and processes. That still holds true and you will see that same message consistently across the industry now. If you do not have modern tools installed and configured correctly, you ...
Recently I was speaking with some experienced SAM managers and asked them what advice they would give to someone new in the role.  These SAM managers worked for mid to large-sized organizations and had several years’ experience on the job.  I asked, “What does a SAM manager need to do to jumpstart ...
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 ...