While at the IAITAM conference in New Orleans last May, I watched as numerous attendees congregated together in small groups, or moved around in larger groups moving in the same direction (think lunchtime!) – so I couldn’t help thinking of flocks or sheep or herds of cattle with those same traits.
Many an advertisement for the United States Armed Forces begins with the question, “Do you have what it takes?”   And I’m sure that one of the first questions one asks upon first joining the Armed Forces is “what did I get myself into?”- though perhaps in more colorful language! Over a series of ...
If your organization is like the typical organization today, you likely have seen increasing use of virtualization technologies throughout your environment.  It should be no news to most IT personnel that virtualization has become one of the primary means of ensuring maximum flexibility, ...
Over the last 18 years the team at Siwel has witnessed, and been a part of, an evolution in the attitude companies have towards ITAM. At the beginning of the millennium with relatively simple server technology and licensing metrics, few saw the need to invest in what we now call IT Asset ...
There are a number of established as well as new vendors that offer hybrid storage arrays claiming to offer the performance of flash at the cost of spinning disk. It’s simple to configure a storage array with both spinning disk and flash in the same chassis. The objective is to use faster SSDs to ...
As you know, in order to qualify for IBM sub -capacity licensing, you are required to have ILMT installed.  As part of that qualification, customers must create an “ALL IBM Metrics” Audit Snapshot at least quarterly, and are required to keep it on file and available to IBM upon request for two ...
  Over the past several years, organizations around the world have been rolling out IT Service Management (ITSM) platforms to improve the delivery of IT services.  Within an ITSM platform, the single system of record is the Configuration Management Database (CMDB), which is a repository that ...
But wait, you say … the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) *is* free. IBM provides it free of charge as a condition of applying Processor Value Unit (PVU) sub capacity pricing to software. They even say so on their web site! So how can this blog author say that it’s not free? Yes, it is true that the ...
Siwel’s ITAM team helps organizations meet the growing challenge of tracking their compliance standing with software publishers. More than ever, software is critical to the success of nearly every organization.  Given the flood of IT software being licensed today, it is important for customers to ...
  Hello…testing…testing…is this thing on?  Hi, this is my first blog for Siwel and I was motivated by recent news events surrounding the UK’s decision to exit from the EU. For those who know me or have seen me at various ITAM-related conferences, I am a proud Brit but have been living the American ...