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How to extract maximum value from your SAM tool investment

Most large organizations will have invested in a SAM or ITAM tool. If not, they’ve probably at least contemplated it. At Livingstone we consider these tools vital to best practice asset management as they provide much needed visibility into software deployments, usage levels and entitlement. Not only do they place companies in a far stronger […]

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IBM ILMT: the good, the bad and the complicated

An increasingly common topic of discussion when we’re talking to clients about their IBM deployments is the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) or, to be more specific, the importance and value of using it. There is no getting round that fact that ILMT can be extremely complicated to install, let alone configure. As a result, […]

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Is your SAM program doomed to failure?

If your organization is – or is considering – investing in a Software Asset Management program, then there is a strong chance that you’ve either already paid for, or are about to buy, a SAM tool.  It has become the default position for most organizations around the world: “in order to do SAM, you need […]

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Beware the guard dog

Why having a proactive Software Asset Management program could be your most effective form of audit defense While the debate about the actual volume of software audits performed by vendors continues (for what it’s worth, my ten-second take:  some are down, some are up, some are designed to push you to the cloud, some are […]

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Notes from the ITAM Review USA conference

I recently had the pleasure of attending The ITAM Review USA conference in sunny Florida. It was a great opportunity to meet with both experienced and first-time SAM managers from many organizations across North America as well as to network with industry peers. There were also plenty of interesting presentations and discussions around the state […]

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Why Gartner’s SAM model is wrong

Matt Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer at Livingstone, explores what the next Gartner model for SAM might look like Back in 2015, in a much-needed effort to bring an element of standardization to SAM processes and tools, Gartner analyst Hank Marquis created the ‘Six critical activities of Software Asset Management’. The six activities outlined were: Discovery: […]

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Before you buy that SAM tool…

Five things to consider first Matt Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer, Livingstone Tech Twelve months ago, my colleague Hugh Skingley worked with the good folks over at ITAM Review to highlight “15 hidden costs” that should make SAM and ITAM managers wary before diving into the deep end with a SAM tool. Many, if not all, […]

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Why your RFI/RFPs are leading you to make bad SAM tool decisions

Three common mistakes that lead to frustration & failure By Matt Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer SAM tools often get a bad rap. While it is normal for anyone embarking on a program to better discover and manage their software consumption to initially create and issue an RFI to a number of SAM tools providers (possibly […]

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Achieving Key Outcomes from Software Asset Management (SAM)

Achieving Key Outcomes from Software Asset Management (SAM) This blog post is the first of a two-part series on the ‘Key Questions You Should Consider When Selecting a SAM partner’.  Achieving Key Outcomes from Software Asset Management (SAM) Questions to consider when selecting a Software Asset Management (SAM) Partner  Identifying and understanding the different types of Software […]

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5 Reasons to implement a SAM system today!

Whether implementing software asset management (SAM) for the first time or seeking a new provider, getting your software estate under control is critical to your business. Some companies choose to outsource the entire software asset management programme, others realise that they can effectively implement an in-house SAM system to oversee everything from purchase to archiving. […]

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