One of the biggest headaches for a Software Asset Manager (and subsequently, all dependent stakeholders) is not receiving the necessary license information when software is procured.  Too many times employees are scrambling to find out what was ordered, why, who asked for it, and where it is!
Your use of Software Asset Management (SAM) tools and a car can be summarized by an analogy: you can operate the tools or the car without knowing exactly how the tool or car operates under the hood. For a car, you step on the gas and you go; you step on the brake and you stop. For a SAM tool, you ...
The first IT project I worked on was to upgrade all company PCs to a newer model, a newer OS and a newer version of Office (yes, all at the same time)! Before the new PCs could be built, we had to confirm the software needed for each employee. Our team’s approach to this introduced me to the ...
As 2018 rolls swiftly to its end (holy moly!), I can’t help looking back at the past year and thinking about the themes and concepts that stood out. While it’s been another year of many of the same dilemmas we faced in the past, there were a few things that struck me as highlights. Here are a few ...
Like many IT Best Practices, Software Asset Management (SAM) can be highly ordered, structured, well-designed, and a cost-effective way to save money and avoid audit surprises. 
I was recently fortunate enough to travel out West to the many stunning canyons in the Escalante Staircase formation. These are areas of unspeakable beauty, but also tremendous amounts of information about the geological history of the area.
Many IT books describe themselves as “the bible” on certain topics. We have Visual Studio bibles, Unix Administration bibles, even iPhone bibles; the list goes on and on. But I’ve never seen a “bible” written about Java technology and its licensing, probably because it was pretty straightforward: ...
In many respects IT Asset Management (ITAM), and Software Asset Management (SAM) in particular, have come a long way in the 14 years that I have been in the industry. To keep pace with the advancements in hardware and software assets, their associated licensing metrics, and the technical ...
Imagine you’ve been asked by executives in your company to manage the upcoming audit with Software Vendor #42. This supplier has a history of aggressive enforcement of software entitlements and is contractually allowed to audit your use of his software.
When I first joined this industry 15 years ago, there were not a lot of highly experienced Software Asset Management (SAM) professionals. In fact, the SAM tools market was equally as light. Back then, we were all figuring out how to best approach SAM while on-the-job.