The ITAM Review

News, reviews and resources for worldwide ITAM, SAM and Licensing professionals.

An Independent View of The Worldwide SAM Tools Market

I am in the process of writing an updated version of the SAM Software Tools Review.

Last year the report was a deep dive competitive comparison of Express Metrix vs FrontRange Solutions vs Snow Software.

This year the scope of the review has expanded to include Enterprise SAM Tools and those tools which do not have their own inventory solution.

Participating SAM Tool Vendors (Tentative)

  1. Aspera
  2. AssetLabs
  3. BDNA
  4. Certero
  5. Express Metrix
  6. FAST Limited
  7. Flexera Software
  8. FrontRange Solutions
  9. LicenseWatch
  10. Matrix42
  11. Provance
  12. Sassafras Software
  13. Scalable Software
  14. Snow Software
  15. Spider / Brainware
  16. Vector Networks

Product Classes

Technology will be grouped, scored and assessed in four classes:

  1. Inventory & SAM
  2. SAM only (no inventory)
  3. Enterprise SAM (SAM for larger environments)
  4. Best Overall Technology

The review criteria are grouped into six categories as detailed below:

The aim of the report is to showcase SAM technology and innovation so that worldwide SAM professionals can see the strengths and competitive differences between different vendors and make informed purchasing decisions.

I aim to publish at the end of October / Start of November – please subscribe to The ITAM Review newsletter to be notified when it is published.

About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.

He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.

Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).

When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.

Connect with Martin on LinkedIn.


  1. Kim says:

    has this been published yet?

  2. itsmreview says:

    Yes, but then subsequently removed for being out of date. The 2012 review is posted here: and will be finished soon.

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