The Benefits of Voluntary SAM & Licensing Reporting

First of all, it has been an interesting journey during my SAM career to get to write this post…because I have spent so much time helping companies and organizations “clean up the house” and get compliant, manage their applications and protecting them in the way of being always ready for software audits. But like the best things in life the journey does not have an end and is the ride that makes it great.

In the SAM World the ultimate efficiency is to manage applications from the deployment of images to usage control with compliance in between. It is precisely on this SAM ultimate efficiency that allow us to be more proactive in order to not only be ready for software audits but also to advance the reporting to a vendor before reaches to audit… I know, I know, sounds sacrilegious.

Let us put together this scenario: one organization uses a SAM governance management for all applications, policies and procedures are well-defined, smooth and there is compliance control. To “cleaning up the house” is easy and give it a year to achieve the optimal position. It is now a matter of maintaining, adapting and advising. It is then that risks are fully controlled towards software audits. And the services are rendered by a certified and recognized independent SAM consulting firm, not by a reseller. Imagine then that the organization reports voluntarily their compliance that includes deployment information.

Benefits:

  • Vendor does not have to list the organization on the black list
  • The organization tracks reports delivered to provide “good faith” to auditors and avoid their time-consuming engagements
  • The organization is motivated and keeps SAM governance live, active and constant maintaining compliance to optimal levels
  • Vendors provide funding for voluntary reporting, services by the SAM consultant may be partially covered if not paid in full.
  • SAM consultants can focus on the upcoming projects, working with IT architects and other to prepare for changes and ensure healthy delivery and compliance as per the established road map.

What we need is an alignment between the vendors, the SAM consultants and the customers. It has to be driven by the Vendors primarily, creating clear programs of audit protection by voluntarily reporting, enabling independent SAM consultants to provide a level of trust and optimal reporting acceptance. And this is out of the scope of the True Ups and Renewal typical reporting,,, Cloud subscriptions actually fit well on this model as usage can be controlled by the access to the applications from the vendor, but more than ever, the reality of Hybrid Cloud could benefit this approach tremendously, increasing the trust between all parties involved.

Just a thought…

The Social Media tools every CIO should have

Do you have an “outlook” of your social media or can you quickly run effective Social Media campaigns.

Social Media is gaining momentum and more businesses are using it to market themselves to a broader audience. In a small business it may mean the difference between being found on a search engine or not. For large corporations is as well brand recognition. Truly Social Media has become more than just awareness, it has become another way we communicate, research and rely on information to make decisions.

We are changing habits, we are more public with our ideas and we rely more on popular reviews to make decisions. As Social Media evolves into being an essential part of our working lives I have observed two solutions that are part of the what in my opinion every business owner, or in the case of Enterprise, every CIO should have in their toolkit.

HootSuite

Probably HootSuite does not need introduction. In simple words I refer to HootSuite as the “Outlook” you need for all your social media activities. Not only to effectively send messages across your media, as well to control your brand interaction, employee use of social media and effectively transform a twit into a business opportunity. In a way I think of HootSuite like Microsoft presented Outlook into the market… finally a place to see all your communications (social in this case) and effectively control and send your own. New development of KPIs information brings a great depth of understanding where is your brand in the online world.

3TierLogic

What amazes me from 3tierlogoic is the ability to give any business the great opportunity to use Social Media for localized marketing campaigns, with the ability to know about customers, and what is “really” popular…If you can transform your best customers into your best advocates, you have an incredible opportunity to grow your business. 3tierlogic is bringing world-class marketing, and brand programs into every business with their platform. As the company evolves the offerings the value of its data is truly a great example of what Business Intelligence is all about.

As I said… time to rethink IT services, adding the relevant tools for today’s technology needs.

Collaborative platforms, the workplace of the future, Social Media at work

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Collaborative platforms, the workplace of the future, Social Media at work

 

The more I use Social Media the more I get use to connect and interact with it.

 

It is shaping the way we use computers today, first thing many people open in their screen is the social media network, that will include the relevant email they use. Get a peek of what is happening on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and it may be by using HootSuite to see it all.

 

The more we get use to this the more we will see the value of working in a similar environment, where work is social and we share and give opinion to our team, above and below the hierarchy.

This social culture change in IT is going to shape boss/employee relations, collaborative work, career success and definitely attract millennials to the work space for those companies that embrace the new way to work. From sales to administration, HR or the warehouse, everybody online and working together, sharing and providing feedback in real time.

 

Yammer, SalesForce, Google Plus and others are shaping the way we understand the work space  and companies developing solutions towards this are going to be the desirable developers the big names are going to be looking after.

 

It is time to rethink the company environment, the collaboration, the communications, from the systems that interact with ERP solutions to the Social Media lead generation marketing activities.

 

The power of this new way to work is the intuitive ability to enable progress through team work, feedback and compromise with the group.

 

Staying in the Jurassic is not an option, but there is a window for the change now, and it will be ideal to look at this solution in the licensing budget exercise to see when and which platform is the best for the organization.

 

I welcome this new way to work, I want it for my millennial brother and for my kids, I want it for me, to change the paradigms of the hierarchical structures to feel involved in the place I work or the organizations I collaborate and serve.

 

It will definitely influence software licensing acquisitions and the success will be for those vendors that enable this platforms easily on their contracts.

 

I will stay tune for more