White Papers

SAM 101 and the Secret for Success

Success means different things to different people. It is generally defined as achieving the correct or desired result. Success in SAM means delivering value for the business.  Business value in SAM comes in many flavors – accurate information on software licenses deployed and utilized, maintaining compliance with software supplier agreements, re-using software licenses and automation, to name a few.  One of the greatest achievements in SAM is the ability to uncover significant cost avoidance on software licenses and maintenance.  What is the secret to achieving this success?
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The Prescription for a Painless Audit

For the past several years, software audits have been on the rise. Some ITAM organizations have admitted to spending as much as 50-75% of their time annually on audits!

This white paper will review how software publishers select their customers for audits. We identify the triggers, and tell you how to prevent them. Read our recommendations for managing the preparation and the actual audit process, providing the “prescription” for preventing an audit, or for ensuring that an unavoidable audit runs smoothly and painlessly,
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The People Factor: How to Make Your ITAM Tools More Productive

This white paper will examine how to approach a new ITAM tool implementation from a people perspective. It will describe the roles, responsibilities and skills required to help organizations realize the maximum return on investment (ROI) from their tools.
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Building the New Business Case for ITAM

Many IT Asset Managers wish to improve their ITAM programs; however they struggle with obtaining executive buy-in, sponsorship and funding to make this happen. This white paper will guide you through the steps an IT Asset Manager must take to generate a new, more compelling business case for ITAM.
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Your ITAM Program: To Outsource, or Not to Outsource?

Outsourcing, defined as the contracting of a business process to a third party, is becoming increasingly popular in the IT industry. By outsourcing functions or tasks where they lack some of the necessary skills or expertise, companies are able to focus better and optimize performance in their core competencies. What are the compelling reasons why outsourcing may be right for your organization?
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The ITAM Dream Team: How to Build and Maintain It

How can assembling the 1992 U.S. Olympic Basketball Dream Team be compared with building your internal IT Asset Management (ITAM) organization? Both situations demonstrate the importance of putting professionals in place rather than amateurs when you are seeking the best outcome. Your company will realize its organizational and financial goals more quickly when you hire professionals. What are the components of an ITAM Dream Team, and how do you build and maintain it?
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Software Licensing “Gotchas” and How to Manage Them

Today’s technology industry is characterized by revolutionary changes that are frequent and rapid. These changes impact how hardware is sold and software is licensed by all the major suppliers. Software publishers have responded by implementing new license models and metrics that are increasingly complex, creating a significant challenge for organizations to keep up and remain compliant with their license entitlements. This white paper illustrate software licensing “gotchas,” and what your organization can do to manage them.
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Next Generation ITAM in the Cloud: Business Intelligence and Analytics as a Service

Business Intelligence commonly refers to tools and their output, while Business Analytics is about people and the analysis they perform on the data derived from the tools. It is the combination of Business Intelligence and Business Analytics that provides your organization with detailed information on your IT assets and facilitates the best decisions for your business. This white paper will help unravel the multifaceted process of incorporating Business Intelligence and Analytics into your company’s ITAM program.
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Beyond Tools: Business Intelligence Meets Analytics

Many ITAM programs do not provide the Business Intelligence organizations need to make important decisions about their IT assets. A successful ITAM strategy must go beyond tools, to a comprehensive program that includes a structured methodology, accurate business intelligence and the analytics necessary to support effective business decisions about your IT assets. Together, Business Intelligence and Business Analytics can provide all the knowledge you need about how you are managing and optimizing your IT assets, giving you the ability to make the best ITAM decisions for your organization. Learnthe importance of a combination of Business Intelligence and Business Analytics, and how to incorporate both into your ITAM Program.
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Is a SAM Managed Service Right for my Organization?

What can an organization do to meet all their SAM challenges without stretching limited resources too thin? One solution might be to reclaim employees’ time and expense by establishing a SAM Managed Service arrangement with a third party. This white paper will explore the benefits, and the items to consider when exploring a Managed Service option.
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 Articles

August 2017 IAITAM's ITAK Magazine

"SAM 101 & the Secret to Success"
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June 2016’s Issue of The ITAM Review

“Using Pizza to explain IBM Sub-Capacity”
Magazine Article

April 2015 Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“I Just Became the IT Asset Manager – What Do I Do Now?”
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April 2015 Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Are Weak Processes Dooming ITAM? – A Fresh Perspective on Finding Weaknesses to Stop Repeating Mistakes”
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April 2015 Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Getting to “Win” in Your Contract Negotiation – Strategies for Assembling your Team and Working with the Vendor”
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October 2014 Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“The Prescription for a Painless Audit – Preparing and Preventing Software Audits”
Magazine Article

July 2014 Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Top 10 Software Negotiation Techniques – The Path to Win-Win Software Contracts”
Magazine Article

February 2014 Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“The People Factor – How to Make Your ITAM Tools More Productive”
Magazine Article 

November 2013 Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“The ITAM Dream Team – How to Build and Maintain It”
Magazine Article 

October 2013 Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Building the “New” Business Case for ITAM – Eliminating Executive Misinformation”
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September 2013’s Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Outsourcing the ITAM Program”
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March 2013’s Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Super Storms and ITAM: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy”
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October 2012’s Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Software Licensing “Gotchas””
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May 2012’s Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Surviving Software Audits”
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March 2012’s Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Make Your ITAM Program Rock!”
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December 2009’s Issue of IAITAM’s ITAK Magazine

“Putting the Puzzle Together: IBM’s Answer to Managing Server Virtualization”
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