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IT Asset Management Tools in the Cloud that cut costs and increase accuracy
IT Asset Management Tools in the Cloud that cut costs and increase accuracy

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There's a new white paper on www.scalable.com - "Rebooting IT Asset Management: Enabling IT Cost Optimization in a World of Ever-Increasing Complexity"

The established practice of IT asset management (ITAM) has reached an inflection point. The reasons ITAM and its related discipline, software asset management (SAM), must re-invent themselves are as
fresh as today’s financial and IT news, and include:

•A staggering increase in workforce mobility.
•The trend towards “everything-as-a-service.”
•Virtualization, clustering, and the license risk these embody.
•A massive upswing in costly vendor compliance activity.
•The need for IT becoming a strategic partner in meeting the organization’s goals.
•The opacity of IT infrastructure outsourcing costs.

In this position paper, you’ll learn:
•The ways in which ITAM has worked to meet organizational needs.
•How and why traditional ITAM has generally failed to adapt for the modern enterprise.
•What a modern ITAM discipline must encompass to support new organizational imperatives.

In short, you’ll learn why we believe the time is right for a reboot of ITAM, and what such a reboot might mean for modern organizations.

For the full white paper, click on the link below.

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There's a new article on www.scalable.com - "6 Steps to Application Migration Savings for K-12 Districts"

Application migration for K-12 districts can be made more efficient and massively more cost-effective with these six steps. As noted by Steve Zurier in a recent EdTech Online article, school districts can save time and money by using tools that support the steps below.[1]

1. Identify what’s being used, and how intensely it’s being used. It is not enough to assess usage by “applications launched”—what is needed is an almost forensic level of usage metering to ensure what will be migrated is precisely what is needed, no more and no less. This blog post discusses one case study that showed, via this near-forensic usage metering, an average 30% of installed applications were underused or not used at all.

2. Consolidate or recycle licenses as needed. Once a more precise determination of usage is obtained, it becomes possible to reduce the number of applications needing migration with no negative impact. In fact, the additional savings on maintenance alone can make precision usage metering a yearly best practice for districts.

3. Evaluate and test compatibility. “Measure twice, cut once.” As discussed in this checklist for migration best practices, IT teams that have been stretched thin are chronically playing catch-up. Reducing the number of systems needing migration will make it easier to quickly evaluate and test compatibility before migration.

For the full article, click on the link below.

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There's a new blog post on www.scalable.com - "Recent Articles on the Hidden Costs of Virtualization"

One article discusses VM License Costs, and the five areas that might lead to unexpected costs:

1. Vendor audits of software usage increasingly touch virtualized environments
2. The use of outsourced service providers
3. Licenses that don’t cover common use cases, such as proof of concept or the test use of virtualized environments
4. “VM sprawl”
5. The impact of “shadow IT”

Another article discusses the explosive growth of virtualization in the data center, and some potentially significant negative impacts on projected business value in virtualized environments.

For the full post, click on the link below.

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#sysadmin folks, article @JosephMoody_DH(& thx 4 shout-outs) "3 Great Tips 4 Real-World MSI Packaging" http://bit.ly/1ggwgG6 

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There's a new article on www.scalable.com - "IT Cost Transparency, Defined."

Written as part of the IT Asset Management Definition series, the article (blog and link below) discusses some high-level elements comprising IT cost transparency. These include IT Asset Baselines, Correlations to Business Systems, Configuration Intelligence, and Usage Intelligence for Decommissioning.

Both “IT Cost Transparency, Defined” and “IT Cost Optimization, Defined” will be of particular interest to IT Finance, procurement, and contracts teams as they become more involved in IT asset management initiatives.

As Gartner notes in a recent news release and in “Use Five Techniques to Defend the IT Budget and Demonstrate the Value of IT,” IT cost optimization and the associated cost transparency needed require ongoing effort. In their view, “Most CFOs view IT as a cost center and, therefore, very seldom link investment in IT with value creation.”

By improving IT cost transparency, IT can communicate its business value more effectively to Finance and the CFO, and can engage Finance as a partner in cost optimization efforts. The trust built by making IT costs more transparent will support conversations between IT and Finance on how IT can use “extra funds” found via cost optimization to drive more business value.

Getting ready for...IT Asset Management, rebooted!

Scalable Software Asset Vision
Agile, Cloud-based ITAM tools that massively cut IT costs while increasing accuracy.

Dramatically cut future IT operational expenses: Forensic-level discovery and usage, powerful asset BI reporting shows where and when to cut.

Spend less on software licenses: Even on virtualized and clustered machines, know precisely what you have and how it’s used.

Reduce manual processes, speed IT asset management: Automatically populate one centralized asset register through advanced agentless discovery.

ITAM rebooted means mobile device service agility: Provides more value from CMDB and Service Management projects.
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