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 ...
In my blog entry from June, I wrote about being new to Flexera’s FlexNet Manager Suite (FNMS) and offered some novice tips for supporting it. Those tips focused on the logs and “getting some tail”.  With this month’s blog, I am continuing with that theme – taking my “learning experiences” and ...
If you’re like most IT professionals, at some point you’ve probably heard mention of the terms “Open Source” and “Freeware”. These are attractive software products for a variety of use cases, and very often they can save firms significant expenditures compared to the “fully chargeable” licenses ...
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of work around the implementation of Software Asset Management (SAM) tools for clients. I think it’s great that people are really focusing on SAM tools and, as well as the People and Process to go along with those tools.
Net Present Value (NPV) is a financial tool that can help determine whether to proceed with a Software Asset Management (SAM) plan, or any other project for that matter.
At the end of June, I attended a new Software Asset Management (SAM) conference called SAMS USA.  It was organized by we.CONECT, a firm based in Berlin, Germany, that researches, develops and markets events around Europe.  The SAMS conference has been very popular in Germany, so we.CONECT decided ...
The recent 4th of July holiday for most of us now means BBQs, weekend trips away to the beach or to see family, etc.  But as I was enjoying a hotdog from my BBQ, I was reminded of the original purpose of the holiday and what it really represents - the anniversary of the birth of the United States. ...
Last month, I wrote about both software deployment and the SAM software that helps manage your entitlements getting more complex. I talked a little bit about what makes IBM’s License Metric Tool, Flexera’s FlexNet Manager Suite (FNMS) and Eracent’s I/T Management Center complex to deploy. This ...
The importance of accurate recordkeeping is paramount to the SAM function.  Besides compliance concerns, mistakes mean money lost (missing entitlements) or potentially owed (overstated entitlements). Many software publishers provide online portals intended to make it easier to track and manage ...