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  • Three Common IBM Audit Mistakes

    Let’s face some facts everyone. You’re going to undergo a software publisher audit(s) and most likely one of those publishers will be IBM. It’s also highly likely that some non-compliance issues will be found, resulting in unbudgeted expenditure for additional licenses and/or fees – but does that have to be the case? As a former auditor, I wanted to share a few of the common mistakes t...

Siwel Consulting

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  • IT Asset Management Best Practices Part 1

    Siwel pioneered the concept that a good IT Asset Management Program was only possible with a balance of tools, people and processes. That still holds true and you will see that same message consistently across the industry now. If you do not have modern tools installed and configured correctly, you will have an uphill battle to accurately manage and optimize your licensing. Similarly,...

Siwel Consulting

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Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • Sage Advice for the New SAM Manager

    Recently I was speaking with some experienced SAM managers and asked them what advice they would give to someone new in the role.  These SAM managers worked for mid to large-sized organizations and had several years’ experience on the job.  I asked, “What does a SAM manager need to do to jumpstart a program and demonstrate early success?”  Here’s what they said.

Siwel Consulting

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Generated 4 weeks ago

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  • Don’t Let Your SAM Software Become Obsolete!

    Spring is coming! Here in the Northeast, we might not see it yet under the blanket of snow we were recently given, but it is coming.  Eventually, dormant flowers will come to life, the leaves will reappear on the trees, and the grass will begin to turn green and fill in once more.  (For some of us, the local Dairy Queen will soon open.) Sometimes, though, some of the plants and trees ...

Siwel Consulting

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • What Do You Know About Your Users’ Software?

    It’s a truism in the SAM profession:  among the many avenues to become SAM professionals, not all of them involve first-hand exposure to software development, programming, support, and other “hands-on” IT-based experiences.  This means that, although a SAM team’s internal clients are often programmers and engineers, those in the SAM role may not have much knowledge about the functional...

  • On Eliminating Duplicate Software Products

      While there are plenty of papers on eliminating duplicate code, the topic here is the consolidation of add-on 3rd Party software products sitting on top of your operating systems.

Siwel Consulting

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Short Circuiting User Gripes Around SAM Processes

    In the day-to-day world of SAM, a common challenge is how to manage users’ expectations regarding fulfillment of their software orders. Here are some common protests you may hear from business units who are navigating the license request process – especially if your organization is introducing new steps in the process to ensure optimal SAM license tracking.  As with many things in lif...

  • The Best Data Scientists Do It For Fun

    The promise of artificial intelligence (AI), machine-learning and Big Data analytics can be hard to achieve without bringing in the right talent. Siwel looks for curious, thoughtful, data scientists with multi-domain skills, spanning engineering and quantitative analysis, or data governance experts who also build predictive models. These multi-skilled experts can be the critical bridge...

  • Negotiating an IT Contract When You Have Limited Options

    Whether your kids are negotiating over who gets the first plate of Thanksgiving turkey dinner, or you are negotiating an IT contract with a supplier, the outcome falls into one of a few buckets: (1) “win-lose” where one feels he won but the other feels he lost, (2) “win-win” where both feel they’ve won, (3) compromise  where neither feels they’ve won but both are ok with the outcome, a...

  • Can My SAM Program Fund Itself?

    You need to build a business case for investing in more people and tools to improve and mature your Software Asset Management (SAM) program.  Your CIO wants to know the anticipated ROI and how long it will take to achieve it.  You wonder if the new and improved SAM program can actually fund itself over time…and if so, how?

  • Is ITAM more effective as part of  IT, Procurement or Finance?

    At Siwel I have had an opportunity to work with a number of organizations of various sizes (typically from a few hundred employees to hundreds of thousands), market sectors (telecom, insurance, finance, pharma, manufacturing etc.) and locations (US, EMEA, Asia and global) but they have all had one thing in common – problems with IT Asset Management of some kind. Which is why they calle...

  • Funding and Return On Investment for SAM – rarer than a Unicorn?

    All too often we have seen SAM teams make a case for an investment in their organization’s SAM Program only to be turned down completely. Or, they receive funding but do not meet the Return On Investment (ROI) that was expected and so future efforts are not so well received. Sound familiar?

  • Create and Communicate Your Corporate SAM “Brand”

    In my previous posts, I’ve discussed the value of communicating the SAM program’s importance to your internal corporate audience.  One very efficient way to do this is to develop a “brand” for your SAM program. To build a brand, you need something easy to remember –a “catchy” brand name that is easy to pronounce and conveys a message about the goals of the program.  Use this on compan...

  • Christmas Wish-list

    It’s that time of year again where families get together and friends reconnect – the holidays are upon us.  While the grown-ups reflect on the year that passed and consider resolutions  for the New Year, the children enjoy time off school and put together their wish-list for Santa. I was reminded of this on the subway the other day when some fellow passengers were discussing their chi...

  • Negotiating with Santa

    Son says:  “Dad I want a super laser supreme gun from Santa for Christmas.  It has a real laser light I can shoot at a target to make a bell ring!! Can I have it? Can I? Can I? Can I?” Dad says: [worried that Junior will aim the gun at dog] “Go ask your Mother”. This exchange demonstrates one of the most popular negotiating techniques used by families and businessmen alike.  It’s a s...

  • The IBM License Metric Tool: A Look Backward and Forward

    December is always that time of the year where we take a step back to see where we’ve been and look forward to what we’d like to do in the following year.  So I thought this would be a good time to take a short look at the history of BigFix and the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT), and think about improvements I’d like to see next year.

Siwel Consulting

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Generated 5 months ago

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  • Software Asset Management in the 24th Century

    Stardate 201609.23. Software licensing, the elusive frontier.  These are the continuing escapades of the software asset manager – to seek out strange new software, to reconcile existing license usage and entitlements … to boldly reconcile what no one in your organization has reconciled before.

  • What Should You Track About Your Servers?

    Regardless of what tools and techniques you are using to optimize your SAM program effectiveness, there are a few things to track that are keys to making any SAM tool or process work to its potential.  In today’s post I’ll focus on some of the most important attributes to assemble about hosts in your enterprise.  These are not the only attributes to track – the more the better! – but ...

Siwel Consulting

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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  • What is a TRIE tree – and Why Is It Important?

    In my last post, I discussed how the effectiveness of a pre-fetching algorithm can make a huge difference in the performance of a hybrid storage array.  A second key to the performance of your hybrid array could be the use of a TRIE tree. What is a TRIE tree – and Why Is It Important?

  • Deploying ILMT: Do You Have What It Takes, Part III?

    In PART I of this blog series, I talked about the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) as a series of servers. In PART II of this blog series, I talked about the skills I felt are very important to “have what it takes” to deploy and maintain ILMT.  In this blog, I ask “what did you get yourself into?”

  • Video Analytics

    The Analytics world is rapidly changing, with new tools available to pull great analytics and behavioral data from video, audio and lots of new Internet-connected devices, bringing these large, ongoing, and diverse data sources into business intelligence environments for a wider, richer field of view. 

Siwel Consulting

Category: Content
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Generated 6 months ago

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  • IT Organizational Maturity or SAM Tool Adoption: Who’s on First?

    Recently an industry colleague asked me an interesting question – does IT organizational maturity precede the adoption of Software Asset Management (SAM) tools, or is it the other way around?  As I considered my response, I immediately thought of the legendary Abbott and Costello comedy sketch “Who’s on First,” first performed in a vaudeville revue in 1937.  In the sketch, Abbott poses...

  • Communication Challenges In ITAM/SAM Organizations

    I have been working in the IT industry for 40 years and in ITAM/SAM for 15 years.  My experience has discovered that most companies have an ITAM/SAM infrastructure in place.  However, I have also found that the major challenge for a successful ITAM/SAM Organization in terms of financial savings, efficient processes/procedures, and streamline operations is due to a lack of communication...

Siwel Consulting

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

Siwel Consulting

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

Siwel Consulting

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

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