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.
One of the most common issues I see in my day-to-day SAM work is incomplete data. In many cases, the incomplete data is a surprise to the teams assembling it, and the teams analyzing it as well. To some extent, it is unrealistic to expect data to be complete at the first, second, or even the third ...
If you’ve been in the IT industry for a long time, it’s amazing to see that what’s old becomes new again.  Remember IBM’s System Network Architecture or SNA? It was a proprietary protocol stack that enabled computers and their resources to be connected together. IBM’s Virtual Telecommunications ...
When discussing software licensing in your organization, how many times have you heard someone say “oh, that software is free”, or “we don’t need to buy a license, we have an enterprise agreement”? Or my favorite … “it’s okay if we’re over-installed; we pay XYZ vendor so much money, they’ll never ...
My prior three BLOGS discussed basic aspects of licensing IBM MLC and zOTC software products. This time I am focusing on possible ways to control, and hopefully reduce, MLC Software costs. But first, a review of a couple of topics.