Software Asset Management

ILMT: A Gateway to SAM?
ILMT: A Gateway to SAM?

To take advantage Sub-capacity licensing and its inherent value, IBM customers are required to: 1) Install either the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) or BigFix Inventory (BFI). 2) Produce audit reporting on at least a quarterly basis, and 3) Retain such reports continuously for 2 years. However, while IBM mandates the use of these tools […]

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Understanding Dynamic Scan Groups

Software scans—like those performed with ILMT—are familiar to just about anybody working in Software Asset Management (SAM). They keep you compliant, help ensure there won’t be any surprises during a software audit, and are critical for giving you important details about your software inventory. But the problem with software scans is that they require a […]

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How to Get Started with Non-PVU Reporting
How to Get Started with Non-PVU Reporting

If your company uses IBM products, PVU reporting is something you’re probably familiar with. But it’s easy to forget that there are licensed products outside of PVU that require proper managing and reporting, too. Reporting non-PVU products is just as important as reporting standard PVU products during a software audit. But reporting them correctly presents […]

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The Wait is Over: CleanSlate Begins Selling Hardware
The Wait is Over: CleanSlate Begins Selling Hardware

For over a decade, CleanSlate has offered the full line of IBM Passport Advantage Software—and now we’re certified to sell IBM Power Systems Servers and Software as well as midrange and enterprise storage. In addition to IBM, we also offer the complete line of Lenovo x86 PCs, servers, laptops, and enterprise storage. “For our ever-growing […]

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Playing Find and Seek on a New Project
Playing Find and Seek on a New Project

Have you ever found yourself in a position on a project where you struggle to obtain answers to your questions?  For me, I encountered this situation while being part of a team converting an application built in a proprietary language to a solution based on standardized languages and frameworks. On this project, the stories contained […]

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CleanSlate Presents at the 2017 IBSMA SAM Summit
CleanSlate Presents at the 2017 IBSMA SAM Summit

The International Business Software Managers Association (IBSMA) is the world’s largest nonprofit association of business-focused Software Asset Management (SAM) licensing and compliance professionals. The organization is focused on the continuing education of software asset managers and provides a series of IT Asset Management (ITAM) professional development courses and certifications. In addition, the IBSMA brings together professionals with the […]

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ILMT upgrade: The Good, the bad, and the ugly.
ILMT upgrade: The Good, the bad, and the ugly.

IBM recently discontinued support for the legacy License Metric Tool version 7.x (as of April 30, 2017). Companies running any versions of ILMT prior to version 9.2.x will no longer receive product updates, patches, or software catalog updates. Continuing to run these legacy versions of ILMT will likely lead to non-compliance with the latest security […]

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Five signs it’s time to reevaluate your SAM strategy.
Five signs it’s time to reevaluate your SAM strategy.

Having the right software asset management (SAM) strategy in place for your business can save you time, money, and lots of headaches—especially if you run into an unexpected software audit. But many companies have an outdated SAM strategy—or no SAM strategy at all—which is a risk that can be easily avoided if you take the […]

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Over-deployed? Self-reporting Keeps You Compliant.
Over-deployed? Self-reporting Keeps You Compliant.

There’s nothing wrong with self-managing your software assets. But if you do, it’s important that your company knows what to do if you discover an over-deployment of licensed products. When that happens—and it happens to the best of us—here’s what you should do next. Figure Out What Happened—And Why When your company has over-deployed licensed […]

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Making sense of the Software Asset Management (SAM) puzzle.
Making sense of the Software Asset Management (SAM) puzzle.

Picture this: You’re blindfolded, trying to complete a 4,000 piece puzzle—and the clock is ticking. Your company is in the middle of a vendor audit, and you don’t know who to talk to or even what to ask to accurately finish the puzzle on time. Stress and panic begin to take hold. That’s how software […]

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