Author Archives: Bruce McDowell

In 1990, Bruce was a founder of Tally Systems, helping to bring the first hardware / software inventory tool to market and later working with the professional services group, managing on-site inventories for Fortune 1000 companies and product implementations. After Novell acquired Tally Systems in 2005, Bruce worked in a number of roles including Product Management for the inventory, recognition and asset management components of ZENworks. Since 2009, Bruce has been an independent consultant working on configuration and asset management projects mainly based around Novell’s ZENworks product line. He has also developed and presents several courses for Novell Training.

Planning for Change: The Only Constant in IT Asset Management

Summary: Just when you think you have everything settled and running smoothly in your asset management program, something changes: deployments alter your inventory counts, new software titles are introduced, and upgrades keep coming; manufacturers change license models – including transitioning to the cloud – and policies require updates for changing circumstances. Everything is subject to change. This session will present ...

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Managing the Fine Print – Working with Terms and Conditions

In looking back at the articles and presentations I’ve written for IAITAM over the last several years – what I refer to as the “ITAM 101 Series” – for whatever reason the topics seem to be, well, less than exciting. There was the one about audits – everyone’s biggest fear in the SAM realm. Controlling your software and software usage ...

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