TIP of the WEEK: Back it up! Oracle policy changes

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#66: Back it up! Oracle policy changes  

As officially stated by Oracle, any on-premise Oracle software needs to be licensed when the software is “installed and/or running”.

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| Tags: Oracle, License Management, ITAM, Data, IT Asset Management, Software Asset Management

TIP of the WEEK: Countering tunnel vision with discovery tooling (Part 2 of 2)

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#65: Countering tunnel vision with discovery tooling (Part 2 of 2)

(Part 2 of 2) In part 1 of this series, we discussed the importance of the scoping plan when drafting your strategic ITAM plan. 

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| Tags: Asset Management, ITAM

TIP of the WEEK: The importance of a Strategic ITAM plan (Part 1 of 2)

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#64:  The importance of a Strategic ITAM plan (Part 1 of 2)

When starting your ITAM journey don’t attempt to “boil the ocean”. It’s important to define your initial scope and set realistic limits.

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| Tags: Asset Management, ITAM

TIP of the WEEK: What about the industry’s move from SAM to ITAM?

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#63: What about the industry’s move from SAM to ITAM?

The latest update of the ISO/IEC 19770-1 standard captures a development that had been going on for quite some years: Broadening the focus from SAM to ITAM.

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| Tags: Asset Management, Compliance, Data, ITAM, ITAM Tooling

TIP of the WEEK: How to obtain and maintain reliable coverage of assets in your ITAM tool?

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#62: How to obtain and maintain reliable coverage of assets in your ITAM tool?

Installing ITAM tooling is not difficult, in many cases it is standard software or even a (part of a) Cloud product.

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| Tags: Asset Management, Compliance, Data, ITAM, ITAM Tooling

ServiceNow Paris release underlines the industry’s move from SAM to ITAM by introducing the HAM module

In the New York release of SAM Pro we saw the first version of SaaS Management within the Now Platform as a result of the Vendor Hawk acquisition. This was already very promising but unfortunately only a limited number of SaaS vendors were supported.

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| Tags: ServiceNow, SaaS license connections, SaaS Management, SAM Pro, ServiceNow

TIP of the WEEK: IBM renewal coming up? Time for action!

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#61: IBM renewal coming up? Time for action!

Since your active IBM Subscription & Support (S&S) may expire at the end of 2020, now is the time to act and start preparing right away. Careful planning and thorough preparation will probably save you significant expenses on a yearly basis. 

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| Tags: IBM, License Management, License optimisation

TIP of the WEEK: IBM “NewCo” Announcement

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#60: IBM "Newco" Announcement

Last week, IBM announced an important organisational change regarding their managed infrastructure services business.

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| Tags: IBM, License Management, License optimisation

TIP OF THE WEEK: A first look at IBM Container Licenses

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#59: A first look at IBM Container Licenses

IBM recently announced new IBM Container Licenses with a new measurement tool: IBM License Service. These new Container Licenses are meant for IBM Certified Containers and IBM Cloud Paks running on Kubernetes orchestration technology.

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| Tags: IBM, Container licenses, License Management, License optimisation, ITAM, IT Asset Management, Software Asset Management, SAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Investigate the evidence (the science behind license compliance)

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#58: Investigate the evidence (the science behind license compliance)

License Compliance is important for every company, large or small. Being able to demonstrate compliance correctly stands or falls with the timely availability of correct, complete and validated data.

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| Tags: license evidence, evidence recognition, Compliance, License Management, IT Asset Management, ITAM, Software Asset Management, SAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Implementing A SAM / ITAM tool, how long does it take?

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#57: Implementing A SAM / ITAM tool, how long does it take?

As an implementation partner, we are often asked this question. We would like to give an unambiguous answer to that, but several factors play a role.

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| Tags: SAM implementation, ITAM implementation, SAM tool, ITAM Tooling, SAM processes, ITAM processes, Software Asset Management, IT Asset Management, ITAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Be aware of Microsoft 365 “hidden” non-compliance

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#56: Be aware of Microsoft 365 “hidden” non-compliance

You may think that if you’re purchasing cloud-based Microsoft applications, you can lean back and relax as you cannot become non-compliant on these products. It is quite the contrary! Microsoft cloud licenses need as much attention as any other Microsoft license entitlement. Why? Take a look at the following Microsoft 365 example.

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| Tags: Compliance, Microsoft, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, License Management, Software Asset Management, IT Asset Management, ITAM, SAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Consider IBM’s token licensing for Maximo

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#55: Consider IBM’s token licensing for Maximo

With the release of Maximo Asset Management 7.6.1., token licensing became available as a fixed-term license control method for customers. Whether Maximo or Maximo industry solutions have been purchased with or without Maximo add-ons, token licensing is possible and enables a more flexible way of licensing.

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| Tags: IBM, Maximo, Token licensing, License Management, licensing metrics, ITAM, Software Asset Management

Stop wasting money on licenses when decommissioning Assets using ServiceNow SAM Pro

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#54: Stop wasting money on licenses when decommissioning Assets using ServiceNow SAM Pro

Within most companies, Lifecycle Management for end user devices and servers is under control. When hardware assets are due to be replaced, physical devices are collected from the end users, or powered down and the new assets are installed and taken into production.

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| Tags: IT Service Management, ServiceNow, ITAM, IT Asset Management, Software Asset Management

Customer behaviour has changed – check your License Position

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#53: Customer behaviour has changed – check your License Position

Our day-to-day lives have severely changed in the past half year. Workplaces have become more remote than we have ever experienced. Working from outside the office results in a higher usage of the remote desktop licenses, which is a fairly straightforward result you have undoubtedly noticed. However, when your business is operating in the business-to-consumer market, there may be an additional effect as well.

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| Tags: License Position Report, Compliance, License Management, licensing metrics, Software Asset Management, ITAM, IT Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Continuous improvement & ITAM: Apply an proven improvement method and focus on getting results

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#52: Continuous improvement & ITAM: Apply an proven improvement method and focus on getting results

When we talk with ITAM stakeholders, we notice they have many good ideas on what should be improved. Unfortunately, these good ideas are hardly ever translated into real improvements. What is the reason behind this? Are the improvement plans too ambitious? Is the complexity of ITAM hampering us? Or maybe we simply don’t have the methods or tools?

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| Tags: Continuous Improvement, PDCA cycle, ITAM processes, SAM processes, IT Asset Management, ITAM, SAM, Software Asset Management

This is why existing ServiceNow ITSM customers should use ServiceNow SAM Pro

A lot of organisations buy a Software Asset Management tool, but are not successful in achieving their SAM goals. As an existing user of ServiceNow who is looking at implementing or improving SAM, the ServiceNow SAM Pro module should be on the top of your list.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: License optimisation, License Management, SAM Pro module, SAM tool, ServiceNow, Software Asset Management, ITAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Onboarding a software Publisher – Compose the flight plan

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#51: Onboarding a software Publisher – Compose the flight plan

(part 2 of 2) Once it is decided which software Publishers you need to onboard into your ITAM tool of choice, it is time to determine what the actual onboarding process will look like. Do you go straight for the gate because you are in a hurry? Or do you decide to spend some time and go for the full experience,... >/p>

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| Tags: Publisher onboarding, SAM processes, Software Asset Management process, ITAM processes, IT Asset Management, Software Asset Management, ITAM, SAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Prepare for Onboarding: Make well-informed decisions

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#50: Prepare for Onboarding: Make well-informed decisions

(part 1 of 2) Organisations have a hard time deciding what information is relevant to manage a software Publisher. And even when this is clear, a new struggle pops up: How to decide what level of detail is required within the ITAM tool and get the information you need? What will it take to make sure information is correct, up-to-date, and maintained on a regular basis?

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| Tags: Onboarding, Publisher onboarding, Vendor onboarding, ITAM processes, Software Asset Management process, IT Asset Management, ITAM, Software Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Collaborate with your compliance colleagues – Part 2

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#49: Collaborate with your compliance colleagues – Part 2

(part 2 of 2) When an ITAM manager works closely together with compliance officers in their organisation, sharing data and insights all involved get a step (or even many steps) closer to reaching their goals. The benefits are not limited to sharing data, there are several more organisational matters where the ISO/IEC 19770-1 standard for ITAM and the standard for information security overlap.

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| Tags: ITAM processes, SAM processes, Compliance, ISO/IEC: 19770, ISO 27001, ISO standard, ITAM, IT Asset Management, SAM, Software Asset Management