I’m Alan Plastow and there are perfectly logical reasons why I recommend that your corporate technical personnel not be expected to manage software asset management (SAM), copyright compliance (SCCA), software piracy or information technology portfolio management (ITPM) initiatives.
Simply put: It isn’t their job.
Don’t come all over paranoid on me. Here is why I make the statement:
In discussions with hundreds of asset managers & companies from around the globe, I have found that technical personnel most frequently have their hands—and schedules—completely full just bringing mission critical technologies up to speed and keeping IT systems functional.
So? What can you do to improve the value of existing technology investments or optimize new tech investments? Here are some cost-effective ideas for increasing value while reducing costs and minimizing risks.
Not interested in saving the company an entire boatload of money? Then you probably won't want to read on or consider what I have to suggest.
Real World – Information technology portfolio management—software piracy or copyright management, software asset management, compliance assurance—aren’t technical responsibilities. Technicians are technical experts. For the most part, they do not know contracts, licenses, terms, and conditions. Nor should they.
In fact, according to industry figures, the average small enterprise doesn’t even have access to a full time systems technician—They bring in a contractor if, and only if, they need specific help. This results in a unique problem - one that has been growing exponentially for over two decades.
When you do not control the technicians - when they do not work for you, or accurately track their activities - you cannot control the technologies.
You can save your company tens of thousands of dollars simply by taking into account the already overloaded duties and specific skill sets of technical people before you initiate a software piracy, compliance (SCCA), software asset management (SAM), IT asset management (ITAM), or information technology portfolio management (ITPM) initiative.
Bottom Line: Technology professionals essentially do not have time, expertise, or interest in these activities.
Real World – The roles of asset managers have changed drastically over the past ten years. Our IT responsibilities have split into at least two focal points: Managing the value required and delivered by physical systems and their virtual environments, and managing all the advanced business matters that are so critical to the possession of these systems.
Don’t blame the techs—Don’t blame management,
There is no fault, here—Only a need to improve ITAM processes,
The Honest Truth Is This:
"Business Technology Consumers Simply Haven’t Kept Up With Costly and Onerous Supplier Tactics and Strategies."
Due to our rapidly evolving technologies, a majority of the ever-growing technology asset management responsibilities have been traditionally crammed into already overburdened technician agendas. In companies of as few as 100 computers, the techs have somehow become responsible for land-line phones, cell phones, copiers, answering systems--seemingly anything with a chip. Unfortunately, those same technicians have neither the time nor the training to address the increasingly critical issues associated with effective IT asset life cycle management.
We can show you how to counter these problems in a simple, cost-effective manner. In fact, we can show you how intelligent ITAM, SAM, SCCA, and ITPM can save your company a bundle while protecting valuable revenue against six figure fines, penalties, and other audit-related costs.
I’m Alan Plastow and, if you wish to learn more about the proven processes for identifying the right people to manage copyright protected assets, software piracy issues, and technology portfolio management read this Knowledge Briefing: Techs are not--and should not be--information technology asset managers. You’ll have to log in to gain access but it’s free and the technology asset management, software asset management, and copyright compliance assurance strategies you will find on this site are worth their weight in gold.