Compliance Management

Self-Reporting: The Path Forward on Software Audit Defense

In 2019, software (SW) publisher audits are as common as the robocalls you get on your phone. These have become a key revenue stream for SW publishers. To be fair, the SW publishers should be properly compensated for their intellectual property (IP). This article does not focus on what a client or publisher considers “proper compensation,” but defines an alternative ...

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SAP Audits: Where the Biggest Compliance Fines are Hiding

All customers of SAP have most likely been through a few SAP audits. While audits rarely occur during opportune times, the frustrating part is that the scope, timing and process seem to be different each year. There is widespread belief that like other big software vendors, audits are just revenue generating tools to get customers to either true-up & spend ...

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Evolution of ITAM into a Core Business Function

IT Asset Management continues to evolve and mature. The next step in its evolution requires practitioners to transition from managing assets to managing IT Spend. While many day-to-day activities will remain the same, ITAM professionals need to focus their attention on providing spend related information and spend optimization recommendations to various business stakeholders in an advisory role. This change is ...

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Getting Value Out of SAM tools

Many organizations believe that a SAM tool will provide Automated Compliance with a click of a button. If we’d live in an ideal world, purchasing a SAM tool would mean that you only have to install it, get a coffee and sit back to let the tool do its work. Configuring all your software licenses? The tool does it. Scanning ...

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Software Licensing: Changing Terminology without Changing the Lingo

As the software landscape evolves, those in software asset management roles must keep up with the ever changing terms and conditions of software licenses. Perpetual licenses are falling by the wayside and rapidly being replaced by Software as a Service, Cloud, or sometimes a complex licensing metric based on physical hardware. But what about known terminology that may be used ...

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Rules Software Asset Managers Should Follow To Manage Cloud

The next generation of ITAM brings both new opportunities and risks for Software Asset Management. Since Infrastructure as a Service (Azure and AWS), Software as a Service (Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud), Open Source software, and IoT each pose new challenges for organizations, it’s critical that Software Asset Managers take these 3 steps to prepare for upcoming cloud computing ...

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Oracle Verified SAM Tools: Buy With Eyes Wide Open

Managing your IT assets, particularly your software and cloud licenses, has become a top priority for most organizations looking to avoid costly non-compliance problems. Going out of bounds with your licensing can not only cost you money but it can force you into a position where you are buying products you have no intention of using. Managing Oracle licenses are ...

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Deliver value faster by running SAM on a single architecture

For a majority of SAM practitioners, managing software assets (both on-premise and in the cloud) has primarily been done using lengthy, manual processes on an excel spreadsheet or with external legacy SAM solutions. The next generation of IT asset management has replaced traditional SAM practices by introducing the new method of running SAM on a Single System of Action—in the ...

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The CMDB Needs To Die

The Configuration Management Database (CMDB) has a wretched reputation of overpromising and underdelivering. When originally proposed in the early 21st Century, CMDBs promised to allow IT service managers to anticipate problems and devise solutions by centralizing all the relevant information about the computing environment in one space. But current installations and offerings prove to be very manual, full of inaccurate ...

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Why Organizations Struggle to Mature ITAM & SAM Capabilities

There are many different maturity models for both ITAM and SAM, developed by different organisations and vendors and Snow is no different (see fig. 1 for what Snow has developed over the last year). These models are often structured in terms of number of levels, descriptions and terminology but the general principle is that they provide a way to help ...

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