Join the CleanSlate Team at SAM Summit 2017

Join the CleanSlate Team at SAM Summit 2017

One of the industry’s leading SAM conferences, the International Business Software Managers Association’s SAM Summit is a three-day event focused on tactical software asset management strategies, software licensing, contracting, compliance, and more. It’s a great opportunity to learn from leading minds in the industry and get insight into emerging trends and developments.

This year’s SAM Summit will take place July 10-12 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in Downtown Chicago (get directions here). CleanSlate will be hosting two educational sessions:

  • “Painless Upgrading to IBM’s Latest License Metric Tool” July 11, at 11:15 CST
  • “How to Measure Usage with ILMT and Save on Licensing Key Products” July 11, at 1:30 CST

These sessions will focus on IBM ILMT, ways to use IBM BigFix to measure software usage, and how to save on licensing costs and ELA negotiations. You’ll also be able to take advantage of more than 70 other sessions featuring SAM and licensing experts from companies including Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and more.

It’s a can’t-miss event for SAM professionals. Registration is quick and easy—make sure you take advantage of this great opportunity!

Speaking of great opportunities: CleanSlate will also be hosting a get-together on Sunday, June 9, at the Wrigley Rooftops as the Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburg Pirates. The game starts at 12:10 p.m., and we’d love to see you there!

If you have any questions about SAM Summit 2017, our educational sessions, or our Wrigley Rooftops outing, don’t hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, register for the SAM Summit today!

 

The CleanSlate team is presenting at Compliance Manager Summit 2017.

The CleanSlate team is presenting at Compliance Manager Summit 2017.

Software licensing compliance can get complicated quickly. And with the constant changes in rules, updates, and trends, it’s easy to get left behind. But what if you could get licensing compliance strategy tips and advice directly from the industry’s top companies?

This year, two of our own—Jason Westfall and Bay Van Horne—will be giving a presentation called IBM Sub-Capacity Compliance During Discovery Tool Transition. The focus of the presentation will be on upgrading ILMT, managing licensing compliance during the upgrade, processes to migrate historical data, notable improvements to the system, and strategies for ongoing maintenance.

At Compliance Manager Summit 2017, you’ll also have the chance to hear from other SAM professionals at IBM, Veritas, Oracle, and other companies give presentations, hold roundtable discussions, and dissect case studies to help attendees get a stronger grasp on compliance.

The conference is great for anybody working in SAM, but especially helpful for:

  • Software and hardware asset managers
  • IT audit and compliance program managers and staff
  • Software compliance auditors
  • Legal, finance, and accounting staff
  • Executives wanting to start or grow an internal software management program

Topics covered at Compliance Manager Summit 2017 will include:

  • Preparing for software audits
  • Reducing hidden audit costs
  • New trends in IBM compliance
  • Cloud licensing
  • How to successfully challenge audit findings
  • Legal approaches to reducing audit/compliance risk
  • Compliance contract terms

If you work in SAM, Compliance Manager Summit 2017 is a conference you won’t want to miss. It’s all happening March 13 and 14 at the Crowne Plaza Foster City-San Mateo in San Francisco, California. To purchase tickets for the event, or to get more information about the schedule and speakers, be sure to check out the Compliance Manager Summit 2017 website. We look forward to seeing you there.

Why the right Software Asset Management (SAM) strategy is key to the success of your business.

Why the right Software Asset Management (SAM) strategy is key to the success of your business.

Software Asset Management (SAM) is something that many companies don’t think much about. After all, so long as software is functioning properly and you don’t plan on making any big systems changes any time soon, why worry about it?

This type of attitude about SAM can be a big mistake. Because the right strategy doesn’t just make sure you’re using the best, most efficient software for your business—it can also help protect you against the potentially huge financial penalties that often happen after a software audit. And with IBM software audits becoming all but inevitable for most businesses, SAM is something you need to take seriously.

So what exactly is Software Asset Management?

In the most basic sense, SAM involves buying, deploying, maintaining, updating, and eventually replacing software for your organization. When you have an optimal strategy in place, your organization will realize many benefits:

Better security. Cyber attacks continue to pose serious threats to organizations—especially those at the enterprise level. An effective SAM strategy will keep your systems secure, and will help eliminate the risk of purchasing software through unauthorized vendors. It will also make your existing software less vulnerable to external attacks.

Lower costs. A strong SAM strategy will reduce or eliminate surprise expenses stemming from software costs. It will help you lower overhead related to software support, help software audits go more smoothly, and will also make sure you aren’t underusing or misusing your existing licenses.

Ongoing support. Software requires constant support to run at optimal efficiency. When you’ve integrated the right SAM strategy for your business, you’ll be entitled to ongoing support from IBM. Old, outdated, or unregistered software usually won’t be supported.

Better productivity. Instant access to helpful resources like software manuals and reference guides is important for employee training and growth. Using the most up-to-date software will ensure that these resources will always be at your disposal, and you’ll always be informed whenever there’s a change or update to your software.

Confident clients. When you take your SAM strategy seriously, your clients will have peace of mind knowing they’re working with a partner who isn’t at risk of being crippled by a software audit or malfunction. And that goes a long way toward instilling confidence in a long-term business relationship.

Is it time to reevaluate your SAM strategy? If so, we’d love to help. Contact us today to learn more about all the ways CleanSlate can put the right SAM strategy in place for you.

IBM InterConnect 2017 is almost here. Are you ready?

IBM InterConnect 2017 is almost here. Are you ready?

If you’re interested in cloud technology and the countless ways it’s changing the way business works across the world, you definitely won’t want to miss InterConnect 2017. It’s one of IBM’s premier conferences, and this year’s event is packed with useful speakers and events designed to give you the latest industry expertise about all things Cloud.

InterConnect 2017 will have great resources for all sorts of organizations—especially those that work in areas like financial services, health care, energy, manufacturing, telecommunication, and transportation. But just about any type of company can realize huge benefits from optimal Cloud integration.

Speakers at InterConnect 2017 include world-famous actors, CEOs, former federal intelligence officers, technology luminaries, and many more who will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Bluemix
  • Hybrid
  • Security
  • Internet of Things
  • Cloud for Industries
  • Cloud Managed Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Watson

If you attend this year’s conference, you’ll get an added bonus: the opportunity to see our very own Chris Konow host a panel discussion entitled How IBM BigFix Can Help Your Company Get Ready for Software Audits and Contract Negotiations. Chris’s talk is happening Wednesday, March 22, 9 a.m., at Mandalay Bay South, Level 3 – Jasmine G. It’ll be full of insight about how your business can save money and streamline the process when going through a software audit. You won’t want to miss it!

If you want to rub elbows with global influencers, technical experts, and the people behind some of the world’s most exciting startups, you can’t miss InterConnect 2017. The event will be held March 19-23 at the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay Hotels in Las Vegas, NV. If you don’t have tickets yet or want more information, check out the InterConnect 2017 website. See you there!

Everything you need to know about Software Asset Management (SAM).

Everything you need to know about Software Asset Management (SAM).

For many companies, software represents a significant portion of overhead. And if you aren’t managing your software effectively, you risk losing time, productivity, and a sizable chunk of your bottom line—not to mention potential legal troubles if you are misusing software licenses. But with the proper software asset management (SAM) strategy in place, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

SAM involves buying, deploying, maintaining, updating, and replacing software for your company. Because the world of IT changes so quickly, it’s important to make sure your SAM strategy is up-to-date and optimized for the needs of your organization. Putting together a tactical SAM strategy that’s tailored to the needs of your business should have several organizational goals, outlined below.

  • Compliance with all terms associated with the software contract
  • Streamlined efficiency through use of the latest and greatest software options coupled with employee training
  • Standardization of the software purchasing, deployment, maintenance, and retirement phases
  • Reduction of costs associated with software and support through optimized contract agreements and by elimination of outdated/underutilized software
  • Reduction of costs associated with internal management and support of software

SAM is particularly important for enterprise-level organizations, as these companies often use dozens of different applications and products, each with different updates, terms of use, and license expirations. But a finely tuned SAM strategy is important for mid-sized and small businesses as well: Since companies of all sizes across the country are regularly targeted for software audits, they may be required to open their records for inspection. And regardless of the size of your company, you’ll probably face legal action and significant fines if you’re using software improperly.

In addition to potential legal costs and loss of productivity, a violation of your software agreement can also cause your organization’s reputation to take a hit. Violations found after an audit, even if unintentional, can adversely affect how both the public and clients see your business.

So don’t take the risk—integrating a smart SAM strategy can be the difference between success and failure in the competitive business world. If you’re looking for a new SAM strategy, or are interested in optimizing the strategy you already have in place, we’d love to help. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!