How to Keep Your ITAM New Year’s Resolutions

Keep your IT asset management resolutions this year. Learn from IT asset management professionals at Siwel Consulting.
IT Asset Management Professionals Explain Ways to Make ITAM Programs Work
IT Asset Management Professionals Explain Ways to Make ITAM Programs Work
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Jan. 17, 2013 - PRLog -- The beginning of a New Year presents opportunity for change.  Some of us form a list of New Year’s resolutions of things we would like to change or improve in our lives.  If you could choose the most important aspects of your IT Asset Management program to improve, what would they be?  Here are some ideas based on conversations with IT Asset Management professionals and existing industry challenges.


IT Asset Management begins with processes that are well-defined, clearly understood and followed.  Processes for managing each stage of the IT asset lifecycle, utilizing tools, gathering output from discovery and license management solutions, reconciling license deployments with entitlements, preparing for and managing audits and contract negotiations are all critical to the success of your ITAM program.  If these processes break down along the way, this could impact your organization’s productivity and financial health.  Therefore, an important New Year’s resolution is to establish well-defined processes and make sure they are communicated to and followed by all participating parties within your organization.


Having access to accurate IT asset information is the output of an effective IT Asset Management program.  It is this information that enables organizations to make well-informed business decisions about managing and optimizing their IT assets.  Another New Year’s resolution is to ensure that the combination of people, process and tools within your IT Asset Management program are generating accurate information on your IT assets in real-time.


Many organizations struggle with knowing their compliance position with their leading software suppliers.  This can be a result of the combination of a lack of understanding of software licensing models, metrics and “gotchas” as well as access to accurate IT asset information.  The New Year’s resolution here is to ensure that your ITAM license analysts understand the licensing metrics and nuances of your software publishers and that they keep up-to-date on any changes that will impact your organization’s compliance position.


How can companies place themselves in a more advantageous position when it comes to contract negotiations?  The first step is to know your compliance position:  Have you used all the software that you are entitled to within the contract terms or are there unused licenses, still on the shelf?  Once this position is known, then the organization must put experienced contract negotiators in place who can understand both the organization and supplier perspectives to be able to establish favorable terms and conditions moving forward.  The New Year’s resolution here is to ensure that preparation begins well in advance of the scheduled date and that contract negotiation experts are there to lead and manage the negotiations.

These are just some of the possible New Year’s resolutions to make your ITAM program productive and save your organization money in 2013!

About Siwel Consulting
Siwel Consulting Inc. delivers industry-leading technical expertise and IT implementation services, including innovative virtualization, storage, end-user computing and cloud enablement solutions, comprehensive IT asset management programs, efficient management of the IT supply chain and cost-effective staff augmentation services.  We work closely with each client to optimize IT assets and align IT strategy with overall business objectives.  Our longstanding partnerships with the most important IT innovators guarantee that Siwel clients always have access to the most current, most reliable and most cost-effective IT solutions. The result is greater operational efficiency, new sources of competitive advantage and additional revenue opportunities.

Siwel is a women-owned business founded in 1992, and is headquartered in New York City.

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