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Mark Feinman
Cars have a maintenance cycle which is documented in the Owner’s Manual, or your dealer may send you reminders about scheduled maintenance. Failure to adhere to these servicing obligations could lead to your car breaking down and you not being covered for any necessary repairs.  
NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) drivers have a pit crew of personnel tasked with the support and maintenance of the race car.  If you drive a car, you have a pit crew of personnel at a dealership tasked with the maintenance of your car, or perhaps you do some of the work ...
Yesterday I determined that I was very popular in the eyes of Apple Computing. I received no less than seven phone calls from Molly, an “Apple Technician”, indicating that one of my apple devices was causing a security breach and I was to call a particular number to resolve it. As an “Apple ...
Your use of Software Asset Management (SAM) tools and a car can be summarized by an analogy: you can operate the tools or the car without knowing exactly how the tool or car operates under the hood. For a car, you step on the gas and you go; you step on the brake and you stop. For a SAM tool, you ...
Many IT books describe themselves as “the bible” on certain topics. We have Visual Studio bibles, Unix Administration bibles, even iPhone bibles; the list goes on and on. But I’ve never seen a “bible” written about Java technology and its licensing, probably because it was pretty straightforward: ...
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 ...
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 ...
As I write this, it’s a beautiful summer day outside. I’m not really thinking very much about SAM tools and technologies today; in fact, what I’m really thinking about is vacation and spending time at the beach relaxing. So since I’m in a lighter mood, I figured I’d keep this blog entry on the ...
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 ...
A few weeks ago, I attended an IBM Open Mic session on ILMT. One topic of discussion in that Open Mic session was the change in how you would initiate an update to the ILMT software catalog.