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Here it is, December holiday shopping season, and data centers are humming (groaning?) under the weight of all manner of transactions. From heaps of consumer purchases, to year-end frenzied B2B requisitions, to urgent transfers of critical funding – many a computing environment is running at full ...
I've worked at Siwel for over 13 years now and all of it has been focused on ITAM in some shape or form. I caught up with one of my colleagues (DD!) recently and we reminisced about some of the fun we had in the “good old days” when IT Asset Management was like the “Wild West” – lots of people ...
The field of Software Asset Management (SAM) appears to be growing in terms of adoption and people and vendors joining the space. I joined this industry about 15 years ago, and from my perspective, SAM is experiencing a growth spurt at this time. The increased volume of activity in this field has ...
In part one of this series, I presented three “basic rules” relative to licensing the two categories of IBM mainframe software products, namely, MLC (Monthly License Charge) products and zOTC (zSeries One Time Charge) products. In this blog, I'm adding four more “basic rules” for each category.
As any good horror director knows, the scariest experiences are those where you never know where the danger lies. Under the stairs? In the attic? Hidden under the laundry pile? Look out! It’s behind you!!!
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