There was an announcement from IBM recently that has an impact for many ITAM groups – IBM is selling off several product families from its software portfolio. The items mentioned include several significant product lines and long-time members of the IBM family:
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 ...
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 ...
Software Asset Management (SAM) is a complex business.  Besides trying to get a hold on the software that exists in your organization and whether it’s being used, you also have the complexity of licensing that software.  The wrong type of license may cost you a great deal of money.  Not having ...
One of the aspects about Information Technology that I really enjoy is the “requirement” for lifelong learning.  Picking up a new technical skill and figuring out how to use it to solve a business problem is something I enjoy very much.  If someone asked me “what’s my motivation”, well … that’s it.
Let’s face some facts everyone. You’re going to undergo a software publisher audit(s) and most likely one of those publishers will be IBM. It’s also highly likely that some non-compliance issues will be found, resulting in unbudgeted expenditure for additional licenses and/or fees – but does that ...
December is always that time of the year where we take a step back to see where we’ve been and look forward to what we’d like to do in the following year.  So I thought this would be a good time to take a short look at the history of BigFix and the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT), and think about ...
I’m writing this blog during the Halloween season, so several of my colleagues have suggested I keep to that theme, embellishing my entry with ghosts, goblins and ghoulish pranks. Nothing doing! Besides, my colleague David Ingram already did that last week. However, I would like to tell you ...
In PART I of this blog series, I talked about the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) as a series of servers. In PART II of this blog series, I talked about the skills I felt are very important to “have what it takes” to deploy and maintain ILMT.  In this blog, I ask “what did you get yourself into?”