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Ten-Step SAM Guide: Review

This post is a review of Rory Canavan’s Ten-Step SAM Guide. I’m all about promoting useful content and tools to the ITAM/SAM community. This e-book definitely falls into that category.

To summarize, the content is a concise, but comprehensive guide for a new SAM program manager, or any stakeholder new to SAM. The technical jargon is stripped out but the important high-level concepts and framework for a SAM program remain. If you are looking for a Cliff Notes guide to get you or a SAM team member started in the right direction, I wholeheartedly recommend this guide!

Section headings include the following:

  • Governance
  • Scope
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Data Sources
  • Tool Selection
  • Policies, Processes and Procedures
  • Implementation
  • SAM Reporting
  • Continuous Improvement
  • BAU SAM

 

Here’s the Introduction:

This e-book has been put together to act as kick-off document for anyone who might have been asked to create and maintain a SAM Framework that would be capable of sustaining a company in effectively managing its software assets in the medium- to long-term. It has been written to appeal to Stakeholders who might have to dip in and out of a SAM Program, and so is not bogged down in acronyms or technical jargon.

With the advent of “Software as a Service” (SaaS) making greater in-roads into mainstream commerce, the impression in some people’s minds might be that SAM is going the way of the “buggy whip” (please see the movie “Other People’s Money” starring Danny De Vito and Penny Miller for an explanation of that analogy) However, certain business sectors either for security or regulatory reasons are not permitted to off-load their IT demands to cloud-based providers, and so SAM has to stay as flexible as ever in understanding technology, its delivery mechanisms and how this influences software licensing.

Get the Ten-Step SAM Guide from Amazon:

Ten-Step SAM Guide


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Dana has been working in the IT industry for over 15 years, mostly with Microsoft System Center CM2007/SMS and recently with Software Asset Management (SAM) technologies and processes. Dana got his start with technical writing by submitting Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0/2003 articles to Swynk.com back in 2000. He continued that effort with myITforum. Dana also published two SMS books entitled Distributing Software with Systems Management Server 2003 and The Start to Finish Guide to SMS Software Delivery.

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