I have lived and breathed ITAM for the last 14 years and so I often can’t help but “see” similarities or parallels in other business areas and activities – but I even surprised myself in the latest example of where that happened.
As a prominent provider of ITAM consultation and services, Siwel encounters all kinds of IT Operations, large and small, with all kinds of software asset management (SAM) schemes and hardware asset management (HAM) schemes, some more automated than others.
In my previous blog entry, I identified what IBM calls a “customer pain point” regarding updating the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) software catalog. Until recently, IBM used to place the link to downloading the software catalog in a monthly technote that would be published, and to get the ...
Most companies take depreciation on their IT Assets as a means of boosting cash flow. Almost all of our client companies have some scheme for IT Asset depreciation, although occasionally one will not.
Last week, I was at the shopping mall and ran into a friend I've known for many years. Like myself, he was involved in ITAM related activities for mainframe software. After exchanging comments on family, health, weather, sports, etc., I asked him how his job is going. His reply was, “Boring!” That ...
As a Director at Siwel and a manager of people, one of the many things I am tasked with is staffing our SAM consulting projects with qualified people who will not only keep the customer happy, but will deliver a quality product. The team I currently have is the best of breed, but when I need to ...
In a few recent conversations – both inside and outside the SAM industry – I have heard a common question posed. No doubt this is familiar to you as a SAM professional too. It goes something like, “but if everybody’s moving to the cloud and subscription-based licensing, won’t that mean that SAM is ...
According to a leading industry analyst, an estimated 66% of enterprises get audited by a software publisher at least once a year. Not having a SAM program poses a big financial risk to any organization. The first step to establishing a successful SAM program is selecting a tool. Keep in mind that ...
A number of companies providing ITAM Services to clients with data originating from within European Union (EU) are wary of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect in May. Why is that?
Over the past few years, companies have become more interested in improving their Software Asset Management (SAM) programs – the people, processes and technology they have in place for managing and optimizing the use of their software licenses. What are the reasons for this shift in prioritization?