Welcome to 2017! Many ring in a fresh start with a New Years resolution. While they often relate to getting healthier, resolutions do not solely apply on a personal level. Professional resolutions are also a great way to give you a new start and encourage goal setting and achievement for the upcoming year. In 2017, … Continue reading 5 New Years Resolutions for Every IT Asset Manager
The process of software optimization involves a proactive approach to ensuring your organization has the optimal amount of licenses. As Software Compliance is ensuring you have enough licenses, Software Optimization can be seen as ensuring you do not have too many. There are four different concepts at play that form optimization: requirements, license ownership, inventory and usage. … Continue reading Back to Basics: What is Software Optimization?
Need to optimize your Office 365 provision and migration? Here are our top 5 tips for managing and reducing your Office 365 subscription costs for Software Asset Managers. 1. Office 365 role based provisioning As all software asset managers know, Microsoft love SKUs, and Office 365 is no exception. It’s unlikely that one SKU, or … Continue reading Top 5 tips for managing and reducing your Office 365 subscription costs
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
Some organizations tolerate siloed elements of infrastructure management if they can see that individual silos are performing well. So the additional benefits that could accrue from creating connections are sacrificed to avoid disturbing the smooth running operations in each silo. Breaching or tearing down the silo walls will only happen with leadership, from someone not … Continue reading An IT Asset Ecosystem: customer vision
The Software Asset Optimization Challenge Application software licensing and maintenance costs are a significant component of an IT budget, but few organizations take an adequately structured and informed approach to minimizing the expense. In our experience this is because the challenge spans multiple departments, each of which has its own priorities. For a procurement department … Continue reading Who takes ownership of Software Asset Optimization?
Software Asset Optimization: a matter of balance IT Provisioning is a bit like running a restaurant. IT users come and go, often unpredictably, with varying ICT needs. Employing the skills and tools necessary to respond to this a la carte demand for IT resource is expensive. If everyone was simply given the same set of … Continue reading IT Asset Optimization, too much like hard work?
Change and License Management increase the RoI of IT Asset Management For a long time, the slowly maturing market for IT asset management focussed on the breadth and accuracy of the asset data collected. This was a significant challenge in itself, with lack of standardization in how assets were defined and represented; even today we … Continue reading IT Asset Management gets more pro-active
2012 kicked off with an encouraging 1000PC expansion of our Software Asset Management technology in a European heavy engineering customer. Beyond the value of the deal, and really of greater significance, is an illustration of the evolutionary approach many organizations take to Software Asset Management. Elements of Software Asset Management A fully evolved SAM function … Continue reading Software Asset Management: evolution v revolution
We are often struck by the gulf that exists in most organizations between reality and the idealized picture of totally integrated infrastructure management, in which Change Management, Service Management, Incident and Problem Management and IT Asset Management all tie neatly together. Underfunding, short horizons for planning, rapid organic growth forced by merger or acquisition, and … Continue reading Joined up infrastructure management