Selecting a SAM or SLO tool for use by multiple stakeholders

Software asset management(SAM) and software license optimization(SLO) requires input from various business disciplines to be effective. The entire software lifecycle must be represented in the reconciliation process in order to manage software as an asset and optimize licenses in any organization. I agree with Peter Bjorkman’s article recently published by The ITAM review, entitled: Shaking off SAM’s ‘solitary’ stereotype. Even...

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Landing a job with an industry leader: Creating a strategy

Landing a job is much like catching fish! This is the Third post of a multipart blog entry designed to share a few lessons learned during my 25 year professional career. Go to the first post entitled Landing a job with an industry leader to read the other entries. If you speak with a successful angler about catching fish you...

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Landing a job with an industry leader: Using the right bait

This is the second post of a multipart blog entry designed to share a few lessons learned during my 25 year professional career. Go to the first post entitled Landing a job with an industry leader to read the other entries. Landing a job is like catching fish. Using the proper bait for your targeted fish species and for the...

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Landing a job with an industry leader

About four months ago I decided to accept a job with a leader in the software industry. This is the first of a multipart blog entry designed to share a few lessons learned during my 25 year professional career. Most of my experience is in the technical field but these tips can easily be applied to any job search. Please...

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SAM tool requirement checklist and differentiators

This SAM Tool Requirement Checklist posted on The ITAM Review is a great start for any organization that is in the market for a new software asset management (SAM) tool. I would add a few features though that differentiate the leaders from the rest of the pack. SAM Tool Differentiators Native discovery and inventory or the flexibility to import data...

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IRS caught evading SAM and SLO best practices

Just like most other organizations, the IRS needs help with their software asset management (SAM) and software license optimization (SLO) tools and processes. 23 of 27 software product titles chosen for an audit were out of compliance. Other software products were shown to be over licensed, highlighting waste of taxpayer money due to unused licenses. Last week an internal audit...

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Looking for a SAM tool? Consider the vendor’s delivery services.

Looking for a SAM tool? Here’s a nice article to help get you started. Choosing a SAM tool has much to do with your business objectives but don’t forget about the aspect of vendor services delivery. The article makes some great points but it got me thinking about the big picture. I see it all the time. An organization purchases a...

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Virtualization and Software License Optimization

I stumbled upon a recent blog post that could be helpful to those of you that are interested in the affect of virtualization on SLO (Software License Optimization), SAM and the like. The post focuses on the the complications that this technology brings to licensing compliance. Virtualization should be a key area of concern for organizations because it has the...

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Software Asset Management: Best New Content Summer 2013

It’s been a busy summer for me…well that may be a bit of an understatement. I had a job change which was the catalyst for an international move back to the US following an 11 year assignment in Saudi Arabia. While it’s great to be back, my family and I are still settling in. Neeless to say, I’m still digging through my Twitter...

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Scoping Vendors for Software Asset Management Projects

For those folks that are new to SAM, this post is about determining the software vendors that an organization should target with an initial SAM project. I saw a recent post on The ITAM review that caught my interest, “How to set vendor scope”. The author, Tina Fruhauf, lists the following evaluation factors for determining software vendors to target: Annual...

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