A colleague has just told me about the free Software Asset Management events that Phoenix & Microsoft are running together, coming up in the next couple of weeks.
- Reading - Friday 19 October
- Edinburgh - Wednesday 24 October
- London - Tuesday 30 October
- Manchester - Friday 2 November
They may be of particular relevance if you are responsible for licensing in your school, or if you are looking for a way to expand your IT management capabilities. With the release of the new international Software Asset Management standard (ISO/IEC 19770-1), there are a set of standard ways of managing software, and tools available to help with this. As users start exerting more control over their computers, and can start to compromise your best-laid plans by downloading/installing software, you may want to consider how you respond. This is one of the areas that the FITS framework has neglected, so the ISO standard provides a good way of examining best practice.
We ran a smaller workshop last year, with IT managers from colleges and schools, and I was surprised to see the length of the "To Do" lists that the delegates wrote for themselves, and the way that they were going to use SAM techniques to wake up their senior managers to the need for them to be given more control to deliver more structured IT management practices.
The events start at 10am, and finish at 1:30pm