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Mark Feinman
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. 
Welcome back to the new season of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) and BigFix Inventory (BFI) best practices and lessons learned series. I know you’ve been waiting since the end of the last episode of season one, sitting on that web page just itching to read some technical best practices. So ...
Year-end blog entries typically take a look at the previous year, talk about what worked and what didn’t, and what might be improved in the next year. So who am I to break with tradition? I figure this is a good time to talk about some IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) / BigFix Inventory (BFI) lessons ...