19 May 2016

VMWare + Oracle = Misinformation




There have been recent discussions on LinkedIn forums and the like purporting the idea that the new version of vCenter increases the risk/liability of your Oracle licenses. In this post I will explain how VMWare works architecturally, how the Oracle Grant is currently written, and why, despite recent claims to the contrary, you have a […]

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3 March 2016

The One Ingredient Your SAM Program Can’t Live Without




It takes a concerted effort to implement a successful Software Asset Management (SAM) program, but there is one ingredient that is so critical to success that I wouldn’t want to see anyone launch a SAM initiative without it. It’s true that a well-designed SAM program needs good data and carefully selected indicators. But the one […]

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18 February 2016

Why Structure Matters




Developing a strategy—whether your goal is to control IT costs, improve IT services, or generate greater IT value—is only the first part of what your organization needs to consider in order to achieve its long-term goals. To be successful, you also need to have the right support and structure in-place to implement the strategy. Structure […]

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29 January 2016

Measuring Savings in IT Asset Management




How to accurately measure the savings and IT Value of an IT Asset Management program is among the most common challenges reported by ITAM professionals. Implicitly, anyone who has seen a mature organization that has control of its assets and knows how to optimize them gets favourable return on their efforts and investments. However, this […]

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22 January 2016

Motivation Matters — What’s Driving Your SAM Program?




Companies decide to develop software asset management (SAM) programs for different reasons. The specific reasons for introducing a SAM program in your organization can have a profound impact on how you design it. Before you get started, it’s worth taking stock of your key drivers so that you can design a program that will successfully […]

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15 January 2016

Managing IT — Are You Considering All of Your Assets?




The discipline of IT asset management (ITAM) is nascent in North America, but it’s growing. As companies demand more rigour in how they provide IT products and services, they also need to carefully consider how they think about assets, to make sure they include all relevant assets in their ITAM programs. The word “asset” has […]

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