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SAM Managed Services: Aspera (Vendor Profile)


Aspera is one of nine providers that we reviewed for our SAM Managed Service Providers Review.

Aspera are based in Aachen, Germany with an office in Boston, USA and business partners worldwide.

Aspera offer SAM managed services to compliment their SmartTrack software. They position their SAM services as ‘License Management as a Service’ (LaaS).

For the purposes of our SAM managed services review we were looking for service providers who could work in partnership with customers, help them mature and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in the face of daily challenges. For this reason, Aspera’s SAM services are better described as ‘data cleanse’ as a service.

Aspera advise that clients start with one, two or three suppliers when embarking on SAM. They recommend starting with Microsoft, which they state can deliver some quick wins and the discovery of virtualization and infrastructure required to satisfy Microsoft reconciliations provides a good foundation for researching other datacentre software publishers.

Aspera’s primary focus is data to support enterprise SAM and not end-to-end SAM processes. Aspera have around 30 customers who have invested in ‘a remarkable amount of services’, it was unclear exactly how many of these have adopted LaaS.

Download the full SAM managed services report for free here.

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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