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Podcast Episode 38: ITAM Beyond the IT Department

In this podcast I am joined by ITAM Review supporter and contributor, Danny Begg. Danny currently works as a SAM Technical Specialist at Home Retail Group PLC so I was keen to learn more about the companies approach to SAM and how he manages spend outside of the IT department.

Podcast Topics

  • Getting into IT
  • First SAM Role
  • The Home Retail Group PLC
  • Approach to SAM
  • Over licensing
  • Event led SAM
  • Centralising purchasing
  • Spend outside of IT
  • Contributing to the ITAM industry

The ITAM Review UK Conference 2017

Danny will be hosting a workshop on day 1 of our UK Conference:

Licensing in the Cloud Stream Workshop: How to combat sharp practices from software publishers

Returning to the ITAM Review Annual Conference for the second year, in his 2017 workshop Danny will address some of the challenges that ITAM professionals face as software vendor customers.

The way software vendors act towards their customers is often contrary to a typical vendor/customer relationship. Sometimes the actions that vendors take seem not only immoral, but even at times appear to border on the edges of legality.

In this interactive session, Danny will share some of his experiences and how he managed to overcome the challenges he faced. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage in an open discussion to share experiences and advice with their peers in order to better prepare for future vendor meetings.

Come and meet Danny and attend her expert session at The Kia Oval London on 13th & 14th June. 


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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. Troels Arvin says:

    I download podcasts and ship them to my MP3 player for offline listening later. So for me, it would be great if one could download the podcasts as .mp3 files, so that neither a browser or a Soundcloud app is not needed for playing the podcasts.

    I believe some podcasts offer this option, even though they use Soundcloud.

  2. Hi Troels, I use “Downcast” on iphone. This allows you to follow any podcast of your choosing and automatically downloads them for listening at your leisure (On or off line). I’m sure there are hundreds of similar alternatives for both Android and Ios.

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