IAITAM is proud to support these industry professionals and leaders as they push ITAM forward! Each speaker will lead a 60 minute presentation, sharing their expertise through real world experience, case studies, and other means to provide you with the best techniques in the IT Asset Management industry.
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Session Title: The 7 reasons why SAM Tool implementations fail
Session Description: SAM Tools are designed to help organizations optimize their software usage and compliance. The tool vendors claim they can save you millions. However, sometimes SAM tools fail to deliver the expected benefits. How can you save your multi-million dollar SAM Tool investment from going bust? What can you learn from other failed implementations? In this presentation, learn the seven most common reasons SAM tools fail and how to avoid these pitfalls.
Aaron Cramer: Sage Sustainable Electronics
Session Title: Trash to Treasure: Change the Stigma about Your ITAD Program
Session Description: Every ITAD program is different, but one thing always rings true – a company’s ITAD program is a direct reflection of their corporate priorities. For example, the balance of a company’s Reuse vs. Recycling ratio will make or break your financial returns and/ or your environmental and social impact. Join us in this compelling talk in which, Aaron Carmer, Sage’s ITAD Practice Advisor and a former Fortune 20 ITAD leader, will walk you through numerous case studies and examples of various ITAD programs at their best. The talk will leave you with everything you need to know to build your own successful (and profitable) ITAD program.
Alheri Adams: Chevron Phillips
Session Title: Contract Negotiation: Best Practices for the Best Deals
Session Description: When it comes to negotiating contracts and securing the best deals there are several key strategies that can help you achieve favorable outcomes in contract negotiations:
• Explore Win-Win Solutions: Look for creative alternatives that address the interest and concerns of both sides.
• Leverage Information and Options: Gather relevant information to negotiate from a position of strength.
• Know Your Value: Understand the value you bring to the table and emphasize it during negotiations.
• Be Flexible, but Firm: Don’t lose sight of your objective.
• Build and Maintain Relationships: Practice effective communication, active listening, and empathy to create an atmosphere for collaboration.
• Tricks and Tips to solidify a good deal!
Alex Geuken: Xensam
Session Title: Mastering SAM: Optimizing Time, Maximizing Tools, and Implementing Data-Driven Processes
Session Description: In this insightful session, we’ll delve into the intricacies of Software Asset Management (SAM) tools, exploring how to extract maximum value and navigate the landscape for enhanced organizational efficiency. Understanding SAM Tools: What Can You Expect? Uncover the functionalities and capabilities inherent in SAM tools. Identify key features that align with your organizational needs and objectives. Defining Your Role: Establishing Your Position in SAM Practices. Clarify the role each individual plays in the SAM ecosystem. Recognize the unique contributions and responsibilities tied to different roles. Organizational Requirements for Optimal SAM Value: What is Needed from Your Organization? and much more
Beth Kaminski: Dart Container Corporation
Session Title: Mastering SAM: Program Health Check: What’s Your PR Score
Session Description: PR score?? First thought Public Relations? Not so fast. In this session, explore your Policy and Reporting pulse. Times have changed. ITAM is still about keeping track of contracts and license counts/metrics, but it continues to mature into much more. Business partners want instant application satisfaction. With that desire comes increasing pressure on agility and speed to serve the business. Whether you are new or have been around awhile, join me to explore your ITAM PR pulse.
Branislav Potocek: OpenLM
Session Title: Mastering SAM: SAM vs SAM4Engineering – Cost Optimization vs Compliance
Session Description: During the last two years of ACE, I delved into the basics of building a SAM Platform and did a deep dive into the Engineering & Specialty Licensing Management.
I’d like to follow up this year and do a side-by-side comparison of SAM & SAM4Engineering (Or as some call it SLM), specifically comparing Cost Optimization vs Compliance, and explore how the vendors in Engineering and Specialty licensing world evolved their Licensing models in the new Cloud dominated world.
Carlos Garcia-Moran: UKG, inc
Session Title: I.C.E. – Inventory Control and Education Foundational Pillars of SAM
Session Description: Having a good foundation is key to getting a solid SAM program off the ground. Learn some basics principles that have been integral through my career in ensuring that the right steps are being taken to build with the strongest pillars in place to grow your program in the right direction.
Christopher Winter: EY
Session Title: Where to start? Examining in-house, outsourced, and hybrid SAM
Session Description: Explore strategies to position Software Asset Management (SAM) across diverse operating models in this insightful session. Whether it is hybrid, outsourced, or in-house, we uncover techniques to employ an effective and resilient SAM function that works for your business. Dive into practical suggestions for typical organizations that will foster robust SAM governance practices and learn about key considerations in the journey toward a transformative IT asset management capability.
Dag Adamson: Destroy Drive
Session Title: Onsite Data Destruction: Why it is more cost effective, faster/efficient, accurate, secure and easier.
Session Description: The presentation will review and expose all the supply chain costs of performing data destruction at the customer location vs. performing the destruction at a remote facility. Through a review of multiple case studies, learn how IT asset management and disposition can be made more cost effective, efficient, accurate and secure, while making it easier for you and your ITAD vendor.
Deanna Hennigar: New York Life Insurance Company
Session Title: Service, Asset, and Configuration Management (SACM): ITAM/CMDB Full Asset Lifecycle
Session Description: With ITILv4 dropping the SACM ball, IAITAM needs to pick up the ball, and run. The SACM Process Owner has governance over the assets, not just the services provided. Too many companies separate the asset management from the configuration management processes instead of one flow: the cradle-to-grave concept. Cradle is the input of purchase records for physical (HW) and license (SW) assets. When “In Use,” tracked via the CMDB (electronic chain-of-custody), and back as assets for disposal and final ITAD reconciliation to purchase records (grave). Governance pertaining to enterprise-size companies, and the importance of why the ITAM/CMDB records should be tracked in one system. Examples will be in ServiceNow.
Session Description: GLAS provides proactive advisory services to strategic Partners and Customers to arm them with actionable & useful insights into their Oracle investments. Oracle launched the new OPN SAM Expertise for SAM Partners. This SAM Program represents an opt-in offering for our customers to help them build confidence in their purchasing and deployment decisions and evaluate their alignment with their Oracle investments. For your SAM needs, Customers can now choose from among announced verified Partners.
Francisco San Martin Garrido: SoftwareOne
Session Title: IT Financial Optimization: ITAM in the financials of the business
Session Description: In recent years, given the new business trends of shifting IT products towards IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, the impact on OPEX has become increasingly significant, making it a top priority to financially demonstrate the impact IT is having on the business. In this scenario, ITAM and its interaction with other practices such as FinOps are extremely important to empower IT stakeholders to optimize and create financial visibility regarding the profitability of each IT investment in relation to the business. We will explain the relationship of ITAM with FinOps and how they work powefully together to achieve a successful IT Financial Optimization.
Francisco San Martin Garrido
George Kocharov: HDR Inc
Session Title: Hardware Leasing: What you need to know to have an effective program
Session Description: If your company is considering leasing hardware assets, there are financial and operational ramifications that must be considered. How to establish a successful and efficient leasing program? Is your IT department ready? How important is technology refresh to you?
Jan Hachenberger: TIMETOACT
Session Title: Sustainability in ITAM – Better Practices and Upcoming International Standards
Session Description: In understanding and developing an alignment of interest in tackling IT asset related sustainability challenges, organizations can contribute toward positive environmental and social outcomes, improve their ITAM, address externalities from IT assets, mitigate related risk, realize opportunity, and drive value.
Maggie Layfield: NetSupport
Session Title: Let them Play!: Developing a Diversified IT Team
Session Description: Is your IT currently made up of mostly “specialists”? Found yourself filling gaps when you realize people have limited/no experience with areas outside their specialty? It’s time to rethink your approach to building and developing your team! Attracting and keeping talent continues to be a struggle; retaining current staff while also addressing gaps is critical. By implementing upskilling opportunities and “play times” for your team, you open the door to developing stronger and more diverse employees and create an attractive work environment that draws in talent (and keeps them). Come create a game plan for implementing a “let them play” approach!
Mandi Sue Bleau: Anglepoint
Session Title: Define Goals to Drive Outcomes: Locking in an Easier SAM Technology Implementation
Session Description: Learn from Anglepoint SAM expert Mandi Sue Bleau how defining end goals and involving the right stakeholders will help you ease the process of implementing and adopting your SAM technology. With a blend of strategic and tactical insight from real-world experiences, she will show you can achieve a successful outcome and ensure a return on investment in your SAM technology.
Mandi Sue Bleau
Max Ablimit: Tarim Consulting, LLC.
Session Title: How to Audit Oracle Java to Save Millions
Session Description: With Oracle’s change to the Employee metric for the Java SE subscription in January 2023, Oracle customers have seen their potential Java exposure skyrocket. Customers are experiencing pressure from Java sales reaching out to identify opportunities for Java subscriptions. With the higher costs associated with the new subscription metric, it is imperative for customers to understand the nature of their Oracle Java deployments. This session will enable and empower customers to know what to look for in order to be prepared when Oracle reaches out, potentially saving millions in annual subscriptions.
Michele McCormick: IT Roosters
Session Title: Educating High-Level Executives on Asset Management Strategies
Session Description: The seminar session will teach effective approaches to discuss software asset management with high-level executives, demonstrate various compliance reporting techniques, and provide tactics for building relationships with product owners to establish compliance.
Michelle Wescovich: Alight Solutions
Session Title: Sailing the Software Contract Seas
Session Description: This session of some important contractual legal terms that a customer should be aware of before signing an Agreement, or accepting a vendor’s Terms and Conditions.
Mike Temple: ServiceNow
Session Title: Failing an audit is not a problem! … it’s a SYMPTOM!
Session Description: Join us in this best-practice session, distilling years of experience with hundreds of customers, on what things to think about day-to-day to prepare you for an audit response, whether a software vendor, regulatory body audit, hardware internal security audit, or others. At the end of this session, you will understand not only how to pass audits, but how to be constantly audit-ready.
Patrick Graff: Microsoft
Session Title: Microsoft AI Copilot helps fly it’s internal SAM program to new heights.
Session Description: Explore how Microsoft is harnessing the power of AI within its internal Software Asset Management program, gaining insights into the processes, tools, and increased efficiency propelling us into the new era of Asset Management at Microsoft. Microsoft adopts a robust approach to the management and mitigation of risks associated with its software licensing needs, consumption, and security. This advanced technology guides us towards more streamlined automation and communication process at MS.
Rocco D'Amico: Brass Valley LLC
Session Title: Managing ITAD Risks: Strategies for High Reliability in Decommissioning Processes
Session Description: In this session we will discuss 3 aspects of risk management to bring your ITAD process to the next level. The topics will included embedded or hidden media, Using indemnification to incentivize proper behavior from your ITAD provider, and adopting High Reliability Organization practices within your ITAD process.
Rohan Tyagi: ServiceNow
Session Title: Building Beyond the Horizon: A Strategic Approach to FinOps Expansion and Collaboration with ITAM
Session Description: In a world driven by innovation, short-term gains can often overshadow long-term vision. For organizations investing in FinOps, a cultural phenomenon transforming cloud financial management, a strategic approach is paramount. While immediate cost savings are undeniable, those with foresight recognize the true potential of FinOps: a platform for sustainable growth and expansive collaboration.
Russ Eicholtz: SHI
Session Title: ITAM + FinOps: Better Together
Session Description: ITAM and FinOps are slowly coming together. Find out how ITAM can help companies with their Crawl/Walk/Run Journey within FinOps.
Sam Ulhaq: Xensam
Session Title: Improving Security Via Your SAM Program
Session Description: This session will focus on your SAM program and how it can provide greater value to your business by improving security and allowing cross-collaboration with IT security teams. As a single source of truth, accurate SAM data is a prized possession for enterprises and a strong SAM program will strengthen the importance of your SAM team within the wider business. Security is becoming increasingly important for all organizations – All major security governance requires a strong SAM program.
Scott Bickley: Info-Tech Research Group
Session Title: TAILOR Your Negotiation Strategy to Maximize Your Chances for Success
Session Description: Negotiation is essential to all of us! It shapes our daily interactions spanning our work and personal lives. Negotiation done well hones communication, resolves conflicts, and fosters understanding, shaping mutually beneficial outcomes and relationships. Explore Info-Tech’s groundbreaking TAILOR negotiation model to gain the upper hand in vendor and contract negotiations and internal stakeholder negotiations. In this session, you will understand the components that are the keys to negotiation success. Learn how to structure and build your negotiation approach around these key principles and gain ground in vendor negotiations.
Shawn Stockman: Onepak
Session Title: The IT Impact Considerations of a Remote Workforce Offboarding
Session Description: As businesses embrace a distributed model, managing IT assets responsibly is crucial. This session covers the range of potential impacts ITAMs should consider when offboarding remote employees. Understand the repercussions of letting employees keep outdated equipment, from security risks to environmental and social impact considerations. Discover case studies showcasing successful equipment recovery programs and see how refurbishment and donation practices can elevate your organization. Join us in fostering a planet- and people-friendly approach to the reverse supply chain, ensuring your organization acts in the best interests of itself, your community and the environment.
Skot Waldron: GiANT
Session Title: Overcoming The Challenge of Change
Session Description: There is one thing in life and work that is guaranteed, and that is things will change. We have people around us moving full-steam ahead and then others that are constantly pumping the brakes. They both play a valuable role in helping us succeed as teams and organizations. So, how do we lead change effectively inside our organizations? This presentation will provide you with some simple tools to help get everyone on board.
* Learn which personality types like change and which are more change-averse.
* Understand how each person can play a role in the plan for change.
* Discover 3 tools to bring about change effectively inside your organization.
Sumin Tchen: Belarc
Session Title: Workflow Automation and SAM
Session Description: Workflow Automation is being embraced by organizations of all sizes because it offers clear benefits of reducing errors, increasing efficiency, improving consistency and collaboration, reducing costs, and enhancing data security. We will discuss how SAM can benefit from workflow automation with example workflows such as employee on-boarding and off-boarding; optimizing SaaS and Subscription software costs based on Usage; and supporting Cyber Security with SAM based security controls.
Sunil Chandna: Stellar Data Recovery Inc. DBA BitRaser
Session Title: Mitigating Data Breach Risks Through Remote Data Erasure
Session Description: This session aims to reveal the crucial role of remote data erasure in enhancing data security for the remote workforce. According to the Forbes study, it is estimated that by 2025, 32.6 million Americans will be engaged in remote work. In the context of the growing prevalence of remote work & the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape, the speaker will address the best strategies for IT Asset Managers to uphold data security. The best practices include secure data erasure from remote IT assets after their use, emphasizing its importance in preventing data theft & adhering to regulatory compliances. Remote data erasure must be a part of an organization’s data destruction policies to proactively manage data leakage risks and ensure compliance.
Thresa McFarland: Infocenter
Session Title: Building a Business Case for IT Asset Management
Session Description: Create a plan to get executive sponsorship for a new ITAM program or grow an existing program. Understand the importance of People, Process and Technology, how to find the current operational and support cost of hardware and software and communicate value of the ITAM program.
Todd Hogan: Geonovi Development
Session Title: Procurement Versus Discovery Data – Why Both are Critical to Success.
Session Description: Knowing what you have purchased and creating accurate and timely asset records is critical for ITAM success. If you don’t know what you have purchased, it is extremely difficult to account for all assets and can lead to organizational overspend, mismanagement, and increased security/compliance risk. Our session will focus on the challenges of using enterprise procurement systems and tools to create meaningful asset records, while considering the alternatives when such integration is not possible.
Todd Zegers: Circular Integrity LLC
Session Title: ITAD – Past, Present, and Future
Session Description: ITAD – Past, Present, and Future is a comprehensive session that will cover where the industry has come from, currently sits, and where we see it going in the next 5 to 10 years for all stakeholders in the IT supply chain. Components of an ITAD service such as data eradication, chain of custody, processing automation, product resale channels, ESG, and more.
Torsten Larson: Absolute Software
Session Title: The CMDB – In Twenty Years Have We Learned Anything?
Session Description: It has been 20 years since the concept of the Configuration Management Data Base became a standard in the ITIL world. While we have made progress in defining and building the elusive CMDB, many organizations still struggle with building and maintaining such a complex system, even if it was meant to simplify our lives. Let’s take a short look at the past two decades, what challenges remain, and steps that can be taken to strengthen what you have, or ways to get started if you have nothing.