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 ...
“There’s no doubt about it.  If we are going to compete in the Widget industry, we must keep pace with our competitors,” announces your CIO at a recent company off-site retreat.  “We all know the strength and value of our particular widgets, but unless today’s active buyer can place a bulk order in ...
Probably every organization has an active campaign to contain or reduce costs, but these campaigns usually need some rules to ensure full compliance with accounting practices.
SAP has been in the news lately regarding Indirect Usage. Mainly, SAP’s view as it relates to licensing (now confirmed by the court) versus their customers’ view of indirect licensing. That topic has been discussed ad nauseam so I won’t get into it again here.
Spring marks the time of new beginnings.  It is also the season for IT and Software Asset Management conferences that create opportunities for learning and improving our SAM programs.
In my last posting HERE I brought up the fact that even with investments in tools, training and processes, some organizations still fail to maximize their potential – but what can often make a difference between an adequate ITAM Program and an effective one is the use of best  practices. Previously ...
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.
Thanks to the commonality of software audits and increasing awareness of the importance of software license compliance, the term “SAM” (Software Asset Management) has gained familiarity in the business world.  The end goal for any SAM program, of course, is a high degree of effectiveness and ...
Choosing a post-warranty computer hardware maintenance plan for your company’s onsite computers is a balancing act requiring allocation of funds in the most cost-effective manner to produce the right level of computer availability.  It tends to be an error-prone maneuver with lots of moving parts ...
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 ...