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Software as a Service – Make the Move With Software Asset Managers, Services Managers and Caution

By Takeshi Takeuchi, IAITAM Japan, Inc. ITAK Volume 6 Issue 6 Editor’s Note:  A 20 year IT veteran and published author on LAN, ITSM and ITAM, Takeshi Takeuchi joined IAITAM earlier this year to head the Japanese office of IAITAM, offering ITAM certification courses as well as other IAITAM resources to Japanese professionals.   Compared to on-premise enterprise IT, Software ...

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Planning Ahead for Microsoft Windows 8 – Windows 7 Promotional History as a Basis for Windows 8 Planning

By Stephen Covert – Highlights for Children ITAK v6 I3 Some organizations have not maintained Software Assurance (for the purposes of this article, maintained the right to upgrade their OS) on their Windows desktop OSs over the last economic downturn.  The organizations who delayed upgrading their PC inventory are now considering upgrading their PCs or Desktop OSs.  By understanding Microsoft’s ...

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Roadmaps for Microsoft Expose Unexpected Cost – How IT Asset Managers Use Microsoft’s Enterprise Software Roadmap

By Jeff Parker, Directions on Microsoft ITAK V6 I1 Is your company using a roadmap to plan its Microsoft purchases? If not, it’s flying blind. Microsoft sells more than 100+ versions of its enteprise products. These products and versions are far more interdependent than most corporate IT planners or purchasing managers realize. Software purchasers who are not aware of these ...

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No More Wild West – The Importance of a Centralized Software Acquisition Process

By Phara McLachlan, Animus Solutions ITAK V6 I1 Why You Need a Centralized Acquisition Process   A centralized software acquisition process is absolutely indispensable to all organizations for three important reasons:   To control costs: Centralization will help prevent redundant purchases of software already licensed to the company, and ensure that all purchases are made under any volume licensing discounts ...

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How to Write an RFP – In Response to IAITAM Members, Ed Cartier Shares His Knowledge on Preparing RFP’s for IT Acquisitions

By Ed Cartier, xAssets ITAK V5 I3 In a recent interview, I was asked if knew of a good Request For Proposal (RFP) template that applied to the selection and acquisition of enterprise IT asset management systems. I told the interviewer that unless any number of companies or organizations have exactly the same needs, budgets and organizational structures, such a ...

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5 Capabilities to Consider – Guidelines for Choosing the Right Inventory Management Tool for Your Business

By Umesh Shah, Numara Software ITAK V5 I1 According to the Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) survey, “The Changing Face of Asset Management: Merging Asset, Service, and Financial Management,” 40% of IT organizations still do not have automatic asset discovery and inventory systems in place.1 One of the core components of a comprehensive IT asset management (ITAM) solution, inventory management tools ...

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Hardware Savings Detective – 10 Ways to Drive Down the Hardware Cost at the Desktop

By Jenny Schuchert, IAITAM ITAK V4 I6 Financial management for IT asset management is a busy job, requiring vigilance and a detective’s eye for the clues to better financial performance.  At any time, established sources of savings can stop delivering those savings, necessitating finding an alternative strategy.  My favorite example of savings failure happened to a technology organization that developed ...

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Review Those Invoices! – Invoice Reconciliation Leads to Savings

By Barbara Rembiesa, President and CEO of IAITAM ITAK V4 I6 Financial Management is the focus of this month’s Quick Success Project, and is one of the areas within an ITAM program   that can quickly recoup savings for an organization.  Most C-level managers look towards some sort of financial payback to any new program implementation, and many view ITAM as ...

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