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Lost in Translation – is there such a thing as standard SAM terminology?

Common terms in SAM may not mean the same thing to everyone – don’t assume that you’re all speaking the same language even when it sounds the same.

Many of the problems that arise between SAM vendors and customers are due to assumptions about interpretation of SAM ‘jargon’. Many of the terms we use on a day-to-day basis for SAM are generic ones, but have specific meanings in the context of SAM. The problem is, that not everyone necessarily uses them in the same way. In order to avoid confusion, misunderstandings and potential issues, you should develop and share a SAM glossary to ensure consistency.

Beware the Vendor Certification Game

Unearthing the reality of “vendor certification” SAM programs

Several SAM providers claim their products are “vendor certified” and that their reports will be accepted in place of reports by the auditing vendor. Like the millions you’ve been promised by the fictitious prince, some things are too good to be true. This blog explores the realities, limits and risks of so-called “vendor certification” programs.

RFx Mistakes, and How Not to Make Them

The do’s and don’ts of building the business case for SAM and finding the right solutions provider

 Building a detailed requirements document and using a robust RFP process can significantly increase the chances of an effective tool or service deployment writes Victoria Barber.

Putting people at the heart of the platform

Why technology, process or data in isolation can’t determine success

Snow presents a fourth dimension in platforms – the People Platform.   An approach that brings together cutting-edge technology, easy-to-adopt (and adapt) automated workflows and the most meaningful information and intelligence about what technology is being consumed by the wider organization. We are bringing these together with the sole purpose of helping the people making business decisions to do so faster, more effectively and with the ability to quickly prove the value delivered by those decisions.  

The Disruption Gap is Real – and What We’re Doing About It

Bridging the Gap with Cloud Apps Discovery and Tracking

The Disruption Gap is real with the ever-increasing SaaS adoption by the business without IT’s involvement. Matt Fisher looks at the issues and discusses how Snow can help bridge the Gap with comprehensive capabilities for discovering and tracking the use of cloud-based applications that IT can embrace delivering critical insight and control across technology decisions in the organization.



The importance of thinking beyond security to maximize ROI

All too often, I see customers focusing on security as they embark on a Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) initiative. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The constant demand for tighter security is one of the primary factors driving the need for unified management of an organization’s technology assets. But there’s so much more to be gained. Customers who address UEM from a broader perspective, beyond security, can expect productivity gains, high levels of user satisfaction, and optimized costs. Here’s my seven UEM best practices for improving ROI.

What is a technology asset?

How do we decide what to manage?

Digital transformation is making the IT world increasingly complex and reducing the ability to control technology assets (and even forcing us to question whether it is appropriate to do so in a world where ‘agile’ is key to innovation and success). I believe that IT asset managers need to reinvent the ITAM discipline to support digital transformation and remain relevant to digital business.

Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) – it starts with the user

The importance of managing multiple devices from a cost and risk perspective

Good technology management – the business of managing the hardware and software consumed by an enterprise in a cost efficient and secure way – starts with the user, is proactive, and highly automated. In this first of a series of posts about Unified Endpoint Management (UEM), Anna Kungsdahl (Product Manager for Snow Device Manager) presents Snow’s unique perspective on UEM.

Could Micro Focus be about to raise its audit game. Again?

Micro Focus market value halved as license revenues expected to fail to meet expectations

The media reported on Monday that Micro Focus International’s “lower than expected license income” has resulted in a projected fall in revenues of 6%-9% (higher than the 2%-4% originally anticipated in May 2017 ahead of the takeover), and the resignation of its CEO. While the share price has seen a small recovery, the market reaction has wiped approximately 50% off the company’s market capitalization.

What’s in a name?

Is Software Asset Management just too old school to be cool?

Software Asset Management has had to evolve for the needs of today. Should it still be referred to as Software Asset Management? Matt Fisher charts its evolution.




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