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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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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Avoiding Software Asset Management Program Failures

If you think about it, software asset management  (SAM) programs are really a series of projects strung together to drive an organization to a higher lever of maturity. Usually, either the SAM Optimization Model or the Software License Optimization Maturity Model is used as a measure to determine the maturity level of the organization. As with any project, there are many risks...

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AppClarity 4.0 is now available for download

Hello All, We are pleased to announce that AppClarity 4.0 is now available. You can get it from the support portal or alternatively by calling support or 1E. AppClarity 4.0 includes a number of very exciting features: Agentless Server Software Inventory AppClarity now has the … Continue reading

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