For any effective IT asset management program in an organization, the procurement and IT management departments must work together to comprehensively manage and distribute IT assets. IT asset management involves various stages, from request and purchasing to deployment and retirement, and IT asset managers must be involved from the very beginning, which means collaborating with procurement … Continue reading Why Procurement Must Work with IT and Software Asset Management
Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has recently launched a new Damages Program with the intention of driving compliance for those organizations that still experience software misuse. Essentially, FAST has always worked towards educating businesses about proper and legal software use. However, they have still been receiving reports of intentional illegal software use in recent years … Continue reading Federation Against Software Theft & the Changing Landscape of Compliance
Being “compliant” is something that we hear often in discussions of software licensing and software asset management. But what exactly does it mean to be compliant, and how can this be achieved? We think it’s useful to explain this critical topic in simple terms. When it comes to software assets, the term compliance holds several … Continue reading Back to Basics: What is Software Compliance?
On April 14th, 2016, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the Megabyte Act, or the “Making Electronic Government Accountable by Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act”. That’s quite the mouthful, and this act can have serious implications not only for the government but also for organizations and the future of software management in general. The … Continue reading The Software Savings Bill
Software audits are a part of doing business that is inevitable, yet always very daunting. Preparing for a software audit can take some time, but the process becomes much simpler for organizations who have a software asset management system in place and are continuously tracking their software licenses over time. For those without a system … Continue reading Preparing for a Software Audit
That day is here again – another software vendor is ending product support, leaving users with the task of switching over quickly and smoothly. As of today, April 12th, 2016, Microsoft will no longer be offering security updates or support for SQL Server 2005. This type of transition takes time as well as caution, since … Continue reading Manage SQL Server 2005 End-of-Life
Today’s slim-line IT management teams need to be aware of the benefits that will accrue from adopting a strategy of pro-active software asset optimization. Further, the concepts outlined here are as valid for cloud services and mobile apps, as for conventional on-premise packages. Step 1: Asset Inventory Executing a full hardware and software inventory collection … Continue reading Software Asset Optimization: Fast Track to Benefits
Software Asset Management Managing the licensing and maintenance of an organization’s software is a thankless and usually lonely task. Who would want to be sandwiched between the user community that wants instant access to any app it thinks it needs, software vendors out to maximize revenues, and the CFO’s focus on year-on-year cost reduction? With … Continue reading Applying BPM methods in Software Asset Governance
IT Asset Management and IT Asset Lifecycle In February I reported on a request from a potential IT Asset Management customer to expand our excellent but conventional ITAM technology to include full Asset Lifecycle capability. In our perception, if it is to be pro-active, and provide more than just a static database for recording asset … Continue reading An IT Asset Ecosystem: update
Quantifying IT resource needs Many organizations deal with the challenge of software license provision by over-purchasing relative to need. Many organizations have poor visibility of how many licenses are needed for any given application, and in some cases simply purchase a copy for every user in Active Directory. In considering the amount of money that … Continue reading IT Asset Management – a matter of Governance?