The ITAM Forum recently celebrated its first anniversary, and we’re thrilled to have achieved so much during our first year with help from the global ITAM community. It never ceases to amaze me how passionate and enthusiastic ITAM professionals are about our profession.
In September 2020, the voluntary group that creates the 19770 family of standards asked the ITAM community for feedback as it began developing guidance for how to implement ITAM. The group specifically wanted to know what guidance the world-wide ITAM community thought was needed. It was specifically interested in hearing from those not involved with ITAM standards. Thank you to everyone who provided suggestions.
We are very pleased to welcome Hernán Fariñas Vales to the ITAM Forum as our new Community Manager!
Hernán brings to the Forum close to 10 years of community and marketing experience. Originally from Spain, Hernán started his career interning with Pontevedra Football Club and Cadena COPE, one of Spain’s biggest radio stations. He joins the ITAM Forum from a global customer agency, where he was a Community Insights Manager.
Get involved. Join the Committee of Experts. Join your peers to help formulate what the certification scheme will look like and how conformity will be measured.
There were two driving forces behind the formation of the ITAM Forum. The first was to elevate the position of ITAM by sharing knowledge and best practices that focus on business value and aid to grow the profession. The second was to create – and be a caretaker of – the first, globally-recognised, ISO 19770 standard certification program so organisations can demonstrate the quality of their ITAM practices.
Melody Ayeli, Chair, ITAM Forum Board of Trustees.
I’ve worked in the industry for more than 15 years and have seen how hundreds of companies have addressed ITAM. I know the value it can bring to every organization’s bottom line and the significant risks that can materialize if it’s ignored. After decades, many companies still fall short when it comes to implementing and leveraging ITAM properly and by not giving ITAM the attention it deserves.
Please tell us a little about yourself and how you came to work in ITAM.
After my Economics studies at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, I worked for nearly 10 years for a corporate software reseller, dealing with software contracts and gaining management experience. The team I was in also performed end-user license agreement checks to inform customers about the terms and risks related to their software assets, and negotiated support, etc. So, consequently, we began to offer the management of software assets.