Asset Identification

Discovery and SW Normalization-When is Normal NOT Normal?

The Software Asset Management discipline has matured over the past 5 years. By now, most companies have implemented some form of asset discovery and tracking of their software licenses. Discovery is a wonderful thing. It automatically reports against your installed base of hardware assets and their corresponding software licenses. What could be easier….. If you are like most companies, you ...

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The New ITAM Department

The influx of IoT (Internet of Things) and connected devices will continue to introduce new demands on IT departments globally. Software Asset Management (SAM), IT Service Management (ITSM) and GRC (Governance, Risk Management and Compliance) have already emerged as key components of IT Asset Management (ITAM) today. Challenges will evolve as security and new compliancy rules continue to challenge the ...

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Ghost assets Are Scarier than You Might Think – The Specter of Non-Compliance Represents Far More Risk than Power and Space Consumption

By Joshua Reynolds, SHI International ITAK V10 I4 Ghost in the Machine The vast majority of IT environments are haunted.  Large scale infrastructures, by virtue of their operational requirements, value high capacity and high availability over asset management.  This inevitably means that there are “ghost” assets lurking in most environments – devices whose purpose withered and passed on some time ...

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Discovery and Usage data for Software License Management – Is Microsoft SCCM the Best Solution?

By Sumin Tchen, Belarc, Inc. ITAK V9 I11 Is Microsoft SCCM the best solution? Many organizations use Microsoft’s SCCM product as their primary software discovery method.  Because SCCM is already used by operations, it comes at little or no additional cost to the Software License Management (SLM) group.  But, is it a wise decision for software licensing to use SCCM ...

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“Just One More Question, Ma’am.” – The Secret to a Complete Physical Inventory

By Jean M. Friestad, Athene USA ITAK V9 I11 Do you remember Columbo?  Peter Falk starred as the rumpled detective in 69 made-for-television movies from 1968-2003. He was a great character and always figured out the fiendish plot of the villain.  However, I was consistently annoyed by his interviewing techniques, as he always seemed to have, “Just one more question, ...

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