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Open Letter to Software Publishers: Time to Pull Your Finger Out

Sign the letter, make a difference

Tired of the cost and effort required to fully identify software in your estate to the level required for good SAM?

It’s time to make a stand against software publishers!



Please tell others you have signed it (I have) and offer all your SAM contacts the opportunity to press home the customer interests by signing the open letter in support of the requirement for SWID tags – published software only needs tagging once, at point-of-origin and means assets can be cost-effectively and reliably identifiable for SAM.

“In a world where most business processes are now IT-enabled, software publishers have facilitated quantum leap improvements in how most business is conducted.  Sadly, little of this extraordinary skill has been applied to the business of managing the software itself.  It is a case of “the cobbler’s children wear no shoes.” Existing automation cannot reliably address critical identification and management deficiencies.

The result is a software ecosystem that is difficult and costly to manage.  Software buyers bear most of the costs and risks of dealing with this situation, and software publishers, as a group, have not done much to help.  Some software publisher representatives have tried to improve the situation, but the independent development team structure of most software publishers slows progress.”

This open letter is a request to software publishers to act decisively and constructively to achieve a quantum leap improvement in the manageability of software and licenses.

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“Sign the letter, make a difference. The time for tagging is now” ~ Pat Cicala.

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.

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