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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Atea SAM in the Cloud follow-up post

This is a follow-up to my last post on Software Asset Management (SAM) in the Cloud. I received clarification from the folks at Atea on a few points that were previously unclear to me. Before my original post, I was unsure about how Atea accounted for purchases and entitlements. These are a couple of key factors for determining an organization’s...

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SAM is Beginning to Sizzle: Independent Software Asset Management Survey Results

A recent independent software asset management (SAM) survey was completed by Forester and The ITAM review with a base of about 200 IT asset management (ITAM) and IT service management (ITSM) pros.  SAM is a ten year old initiative that has been on the back burner at many organizations, until recently. A couple of points are clear, SAM programs are...

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