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David Ingram
As we near the end (already!) of the first quarter of 2019, I have found myself thinking about possible topics to cover in this blog installment. This got me reflecting on what trends and themes I have observed over the past year or so. I then concocted a list of what I consider the Top Four Topics ...
In the never-ending lifecycle of the software contract, there will eventually come a time for renegotiation with the publisher. Whether this is triggered by the end date on the existing agreement or changes in your business requirements, these negotiations are rarely simple and often stressful for ...
As 2018 rolls swiftly to its end (holy moly!), I can’t help looking back at the past year and thinking about the themes and concepts that stood out. While it’s been another year of many of the same dilemmas we faced in the past, there were a few things that struck me as highlights. Here are a few ...
I was recently fortunate enough to travel out West to the many stunning canyons in the Escalante Staircase formation. These are areas of unspeakable beauty, but also tremendous amounts of information about the geological history of the area.
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 ...
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, ...
For all our talk in these blog pages about the importance of NOT managing your SAM program via countless Excel spreadsheets, the not-so-secret truth is that there are many spreadsheets floating around in all our SAM lives.
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 ...
I don’t know where you get your news, but I have it on good authority that within mere weeks, swarms of giant spacecraft from the planet Xluton II will amass in near-earth orbit. And if you are up on your Xlutonese culture, you know that they have an insatiable fondness for Deep Fried Earth ...
Among the challenges facing today’s SAM professional is keeping tabs on the many changes that occur in the life cycle of your publishers’ software products. With so much in flux, so much of the time, what are some strategies to help keep track, and what are some key areas to concentrate on?