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Acquisition – The Foundation for Software Compliancy – Take a Good Look at Asset Acquisition

By Rodney Penny, Health Care Service ITAK V9 I11 Good software compliancy and IT service asset tracking begin with knowing your entitlement numbers and knowing what hardware assets you have and where they are.  The foundation for this information comes from a sound process that is followed without deviation.  The first process that truly affects the ITAM department is the ...

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Why License Management in Outsourcing Fails – Recommendations for Working with an Outsourcer on License Management

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By Frank Tijhuis, International SAM Institute ITAK V9 I10 With most customers already struggling to keep their licenses under control, a factor that makes license management and Software Asset Management even more complex is when the customer makes use of an outsourcer.  When looking at IAITAM’s 12 KPAs (Key Process Areas), all of these are affected when a customer outsources ...

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Top 10 Software Negotiation Techniques – The Path to Win-Win Software Contracts

By Frank Venezia & Steffani Lomax, Siwel Consulting ITAK V9 I7 The time to renegotiate a contract with one of your leading software suppliers is approaching.  What does your organization need to do to prepare, conduct the negotiation discussions and close a solid agreement?  There should be a methodical approach to contract negotiations to ensure the best preparation and most ...

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Activating Windows Products – License Activation for Purchasing and Procurement Personnel

By Michael Cherry, Directions on Microsoft ITAK V9 I2 Ensuring Windows and Office stay activated and available for users requires the involvement of both procurement personnel and IT.  All customers, including those using volume licensing media, must properly activate Windows desktop clients, Windows servers, and the Office suite, including Visio and Project, to ensure the products remain fully operational.  Activation ...

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Software Entitlements – Are You Getting What You Paid For?

By Brett Husselbaugh, eTelligent Solutions ITAK V8 I4 Some clients make it a habit to purchase additional entitlements, such as software maintenance or Microsoft’s Software Assurance, when they purchase licenses.   We have seen, however, those same clients leaving money on the table as they fail to exercise some, if not many, of those entitlements. Keeping up with perpetual licenses is ...

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Generating ITAM Awareness through Shared Knowledge – IAITAM’s Best Practice Library Delivers Key Processes

By Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, IAITAM ITAK V7 I12 IAITAM’s Best Practice Library (IBPL), the ITAM practitioner’s guide to an IT Asset Management program, represents the collective knowledge and experiences of the IT Asset Management industry.  These best practices are presented in a twelve volume set and through ITAM360, a subscription-based online version.  The information, workflows and templates is presented through ...

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Nine Golden Rules for Software Contract Negotiations – The Complexities and Pitfalls

By Eliot Arlo Colon, Miro Consulting Inc. ITAK V7 I10 The Search for Expertise:  Why In-Depth Knowledge of Specific Software Licensing is Necessary   Far too many organizations are unaware of the intricacies involved in software asset management and complex software licensing negotiation.  One cannot exist without the other. Many large enterprises have either a person or a group of ...

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Leasing IT Hardware – An Insider’s Perspective

By Jenny Schuchert, IAITAM ITAK V7 I2 Leasing IT assets can bring significant financial and operational benefits to an end customer, but only if you follow IAITAM best practices and the advice of your Hardware Asset Manager.  While the operational and logistical issues can be solved by the knowledge, experiences and organizational awareness of the Hardware Asset Manager, the financial ...

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Software Licensing in the Cloud – New Models Add Flexibility to Licensing

By Vincent Brasseur, Flexera Software ITAK Version 6 Issue 7 Cloud computing is all the rage these days, but what exactly is cloud computing?  According to the draft definition from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), “ Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., ...

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