Author Archives: IAITAM

The International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) is the largest organization providing education, certification and thought leadership to the management of IT as a business. IT Asset Management is the management of hardware, software, mobile and other technology to maximize the value to the organization.

Think Global – Benefits of a Global IT Asset Disposal Strategy

By Chris Adam, Converge ITAK V5 I2 With the global PC installed base expected to reach 1.5 billion by 2012 and smart phone use now ubiquitous in most of the developed world, many companies are confronting a vexing side effect: The problem of IT asset disposal (ITAD) has gone global in scale.   For many IT managers, ITAD is an ...

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Securing the Source Code – VMS Navigates Mutual Fund Industry Regulations with Technology Escrow

By Rachel Melary, Iron Mountain ITAK V5 I1 Located in Southern California, Vertical Management Systems, Inc. (VMS) is a 50-person company that provides data services related to mutual fund pricing, and develops accounting software for automation and control of mutual fund portfolio accounts.   Founded 17 years ago, the company started with just two employees developing custom software to help ...

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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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Licensing Liabilities – Why the IT Department Needs to Know About Licensing

By Paul DeGroot, Directions on Microsoft ITAK V4 I10 While few IT personnel are ever asked during job interviews how familiar they are with software vendor licensing, licensing ignorance is a substantial liability not just for an IT department, but for an organization as a whole. Failure to honor vendor licensing terms can lead to significant unbudgeted expenses, hefty fines ...

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Protect Yourself – Certified Data Erasure Enables Security in Disposal Management Policy

By Markku Willgren, Blancco ITAK V4 I4 Management of information technology (IT) assets is a complex task for any organization and an important effort in controlling IT costs. While maximizing asset use is important in achieving IT budgets, even greater costs are at stake if a company does not create and enforce an asset disposal management policy that protects data, ...

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PPM & ITAM Hand in Hand – An ITAMer’s Intro to Project and Portfolio Management

By Paul Wheaton, Five9 Technologies ITAK V4 I3 Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) provides a disciplined approach for managing an organization’s IT investments.  Its primary goal is to align an organization’s corporate strategic goals with its IT goals in order to: Optimize investment benefits Increase efficiency through proper management of its personnel Minimize operational cost and risk Provide a pre-defined ...

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It’s More Than Disposal – DIscrepency Reporting Delivers Surprising Business Benefits

By Chris Adam, Converge ITAK V4 I2 One of the major challenges of IT asset disposal (ITAD) is maintaining consistent and reliable discrepancy reporting. This allows an organization to ensure that the assets that were on the network are the same assets that are decommissioned, transferred to the ITAD provider for processing, and disposed of properly. If sensitive data is ...

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Are you Covered? – Why Insurance Should be a Part of Your SAM Program

By Paul Paray, Willis HRH ITAK V4 I1 Being a crucial component of any IT asset management program, a properly run software asset management (SAM) program provides significant value to a company.  Indeed, according to Gartner Group, “organizations can realize cost savings of between 5 percent and 35 percent [from their IT budget] by implementing focused software asset management practices.  ...

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The Dark Side of a Virtual World – Software License Management in the Virtual Era – Gearing up for Changes in License Models

By Dr. Christian Seeling, Aspera GmbH ITAK V3 I11 The Future: Virtualization Year 2015 January 2015. In the early morning hours the sales manager of a large bank enters his office. After pouring a quick cup of coffee, he switches on the monitor and starts the hypervisor on a virtual machine and begins to work. He has an important meeting ...

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