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One of the first steps to take when building a SAM program is establishing how to gather and manage your licensing contracts. This can be quite a confusing and daunting task, so here are five tips to get it you up and running. From there on you should be able to create a "care and feeding" program to maintain the results of your hard work. 1) Where to start? Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was your license contract management system. The task of collecting, consolidating, and archiving … [Read more...]
In this 3rd and final installment we consider the most challenging and perhaps most significant of the requirements for these next generation IT asset management (ITAM) solutions. While the first set of processes in a unified ITAM solution is to present Discovery, Inventory and Normalization as a single platform, there are key elements of integration, reporting, cloud and license awareness that need to be considered. Integration or sharing is relatively straight forward. Does the platform … [Read more...]
Historically, many SAM projects have failed to deliver value, in large part because the tooling does not stand-alone. Also there are very few, if any, touch points into the stakeholders of solving, administering and extracting the value from a SAM program. But the tool story is only one part of achieving SAM success. Everyone in technology will agree, when pressed, it is always a story of people, process and technology. At the tool level, the SAM processes are dependent on additional … [Read more...]
Part 1 of our series, The Changing Nature of ITAM Solutions,introduced the idea that there is a new generation of ITAM tools that are coming of age. While these tools are specialized enough to be of real value in discrete use cases such as Software Asset Management, they are also broad enough to provide actionable intelligence to enable proactive control of IT expenditures. In this installment, we want to introduce three of the "must have" elements in these new ITAM solutions which … [Read more...]
There is a significant resurgence of interest in IT asset management tools. Just talk to your Gartner analyst and you will learn the volume of inquiries is dramatically increasing. With the rise of Shadow IT, the continual need to transform IT platforms, and the heightened exposure to unpredictable software license expenses caused by cloud and virtualization, the demand for more proactive management of hardware and software assets and costs is growing across the enterprise. To help address … [Read more...]