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The ITAM Review Excellence Awards 2016 Gala Dinner & Winners

On the 25th November, The ITAM Review announced the winners of the second ITAM Review Excellence Awards at our Charity Gala Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Reading UK, in aid of our chosen charity of the year – Sebastian’s Action Trust.

This year, we received over 200 nominations from 25 countries for ITAM professionals, service providers, technology vendors and specialists who are progressing the industry and leading the field.

The judging panel this year consisted of Martin Thompson, Owner and Founder of the ITAM Review, Rory Canavan, Owner and Founder of SAM Charter, Vawns Murphy, Problem & Change Manager of Microfocus, Kylie Fowler, Founder and CEO of ITAM Intelligence and last years winners of the ITAM Professionals and Project of the Year, Tony Crawley and Gillian Leicester, co-founders of Synyega who presented the awards.


The ITAM Review Excellence Awards 2016 Gala Dinner

The Results


ITAM Partner of the Year 2016

Recognising excellent ITAM service providers, resellers or partners:



The team at Civica, winners of the ITAM Partner of the Year award 2016

Speaking about the ITAM Partner of the Year Award Jonathan Sharps, Operations Director of Civica said:

We partner with our customers in order to look beyond compliance and cost savings — helping them to also realise long-term efficiencies. This award recognises our success in doing just that and means so much more given that it was our customers who nominated us – testimony to the fact that we’re making a real difference to their business.”

Martin Thompson commented:

“Civica, the winner of the ITAM Review Partner of the Year 2016 award is tuned into their customer requirements. The judging panel received some really encouraging nominations for Civica directly from their customers, suggesting that they strive to go above and beyond to help their customers with SAM.”

ITAM Professional of the Year 2016

Recognising excellence in ITAM professionals:

Jochen Hagenlocher, Novartis


Jochen Hagenlocher of Novartis, winner of the ITAM Professional of the Year award 2016

In response to his win, Jochen said:

“I am very proud to receive the prestigious “ITAM Professional of the Year 2016 Award”. Significant business value can be gained when implementing an integrated global SAM Value Chain, covering all aspects of SAM: Governance, Processes, Tools, Services and SW Supply Chain. As Global Head SAM for a Fortune 100 company I can only encourage you to start the SAM journey to realize the benefits of an integrated solution.”

Martin Thompson:

“Jochen Hagenlocher has clearly demonstrated ITAM excellence within a large and complex environment, building a global SAM practice within 2 years and impressively demonstrated payback. The reviewing panel are very pleased to recognise Jochen as a true ITAM Professional and clear leader in the ITAM market.”

ITAM Tool Provider of the Year 2016

Recognising excellent tools or technology suppliers:



The team at Aspera, winners of the Tool Provider of the Year award 2016

Alexander Lodenkemper, Director of International Sales at Aspera:

“Each company needs expertise to turn SAM into a strategic advantage for their organisation, Aspera helps customers establish global SAM programs whose results not only deliver compliance and cost-savings, but are built on rock solid foundations. We are delighted that Aspera has been recognised for our dedication to innovation and fulfilling our customer’s needs”.

Martin Thompson said:

”Aspera, the winner of The ITAM Review Tool provider of the year 2016 was recognised by the judging panel for their relentless focus on customer value and innovation in the SAM space, continually striving to help customers assess cost and risk within their IT environments.”

ITAM Project of the Year 2016

Recognising excellent ITAM teams or ITAM service providers:



The team at Roche, winners of the ITAM Project of the Year award 2016

Speaking of the project George Arezina, Head of SAM at Roche said:

“We are extremely honoured to have been awarded the ITAM Implementation / Project of the Year 2016. The award reflects our commitment to the SAM@Roche program which enables greater licensing transparency and company-wide awareness of software license management and its benefits, along with demonstrable ROI in IT expenditures. The financial savings achieved through SAM will be used to fund future clinical trials, enabling the company to produce life-saving medications. “Doing now what patients need next.”

Martin Thompson commented:

“The Roche project was successfully built and executed whilst recognising all of the critical people, process and technology elements that are essential in building a world class SAM practice. This project was led by an experienced professional SAM team who delivered enormous savings and outstanding ROI. We congratulate the team at Roche for demonstrating what is possible with SAM.”

ITAM Innovation of the Year 2016

Recognising new ideas, innovation and creative approaches:



Matrix42, winners of the ITAM Innovation of the Year award 2016

In response to their win, James Johnson, UK Country Manager of Matrix42 said:

“I am delighted that our innovative product management approach to taming the SaaS cloud has been recognised by the expert judging panel at the ITAM Review.  It highlights the efforts that we have made in addressing customer requirements by building a solution that enables organisations to manage web and cloud app integration, remote desktop services, identity management, enterprise mobility management, and license/subscription management from within a single, secure web-based environment.  Our customers love the product and now Matrix42 MyWorkspace has received an important industry accolade.”

Martin Thompson commented:

“The IT landscape is changing rapidly around us. Winners of the ITAM Review Innovation of the Year 2016 award – Matrix 42 is at the forefront of helping organizations managing SaaS based technologies. The ITAM Review and the Excellence Awards judging panel is pleased to recognize Matrix 42 as a true pioneer in the ITAM market.”

Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

Recognising valuable long term contribution to the ITAM industry:

Colin Simmons, Kingfisher plc


Colin Simmons of Kingfisher plc, winner of the ITAM Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

Colin Simmons:

“I am honoured to have received the inaugural ITAM Review Lifetime Achievement Award. To be recognised by my colleagues, peers and friends in the industry is extremely pleasing.  What I have achieved could not have done without the support of management and colleagues who have provided support, advice, guidance and assistance, so a big thank you to all of them.  A special thank you must go to the ITAM Review not just for the award but also for all the good work they do to improve the ITAM and SAM industry.  Now we must all continue to focus on taking ITAM and SAM forward, working together to push each other to new levels, to take on new challenges and to come up with new ways to deliver value and benefit”.

Martin Thompson said:

“We’re very pleased to recognise Colin’s contribution to the ITAM industry during his career. Colin is a valued supporter and contributor for The ITAM Review and the British Computing Society’s SAM group, and he has helped with the Campaign for Clear Licensing. A true leader and mentor for many of us, Colin is always ready and willing to impart invaluable knowledge and advice to his peers. Congratulations Colin, well deserved.” 


Sebastian’s Action Trust

We were honoured to have Jane Gates OBE, CEO of Sebastian’s Action Trust and proud mum to Sebastian along with Candida Hazard join us at the event. Before the awards, Jane gave a heartwarming speech about Sebastian and the Trust, giving us an insight about the difference our donations make.


Jane Gates, OBE – Chief Executive and Candida Hazard of Sebastian’s Action Trust

Following Jane’s speech, we played a few lighthearted games which raised some gratefully received additional funds for the charity!


Gala Dinner attendees participate some games to raise more money for the charity

Thank you


A big thank you from The ITAM Review team!


We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came along and for all those that contributed additional donations. The event was a great success and your money helped us raise a total of £5138.42 which will go towards a fantastic cause.



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