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Software Asset Management (SAM) champions collect all kinds of data in support of a company’s decision to invest in a SAM program. They uncover key benefits, including: financial based benefits, audit impacts, opportunities for security improvements, estate visibility, reduced maintenance costs, ...
Most people who require or provide resources or services are familiar with an RFx document – a “Request For…” document where “x” stands for either Information (“RFI”), Proposal (“RFP”) or Quote (“RFQ”). These may seem interchangeable and the differences may not be obvious, so here’s a quick ...
I recently attended the Gartner IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit that was held in Nashville, Tennessee from September 11th-13th. I have been attending this event since 2005 and have never been disappointed. In this post, I will describe this summit and then provide my ...
Perhaps this sounds familiar: under the gun because of Publisher X’s request for software use audits, an epic fire drill erupts across your firm to gather and tabulate an inventory of what’s in use. Business units not normally involved in tracking software assets scramble to meet the demand to ...
“There's a man who leads a life of danger. To everyone he meets he stays a stranger. With every move he makes, another chance he takes. Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow.”   Johnny Rivers, 1966, “Secret Agent Man”, © Universal Music Publishing Group
IT Asset Management, or ITAM, is the generic term used for the last 20+ years to describe the management of hardware and software assets by an organization. However, over the last few years the term Software Asset Management (SAM) has gained dominance, and precedence, in the industry. To some ...
I recently hosted an “Oracle Licensing in the Cloud” webinar with Terry Divelbliss of Eracent Software. My part was to explain how Oracle licenses software in the public cloud and Terry’s part was to explain how Eracent’s SAM solution discovers Oracle software in the public cloud. The focus of this ...
As the computer industry knows, the mainframe is “not dead”. That means mainframe software licensing is still alive and people working with mainframes should understand as much as possible about licensing of products on that platform. This is one part of the SAM process for an Enterprise.
So you’re championing the creation of a Software Asset Management (SAM) plan at your company and you’ve calculated the Net Present Value (see my prior blog about computing NPV).
Recently while visiting New York City, I was walking around Times Square. I noticed how everyone was largely anonymous, walking briskly and pursuing his or her destination with purpose. Suddenly I was attracted to a street performance that had drawn a crowd – there was a group of break dancers and ...