Welcome to the Change Makers podcast series. This podcast features ITAM leaders who share their stories, and their top tips, to help lift and progress the ITAM profession.
Do you see your ITAM weaknesses?
Dennis Montanje has worked in ITAM for 20 years and leads the ITAM Forum’s Certification work stream. “You can achieve so much more with proper ITAM beyond license compliance. It all starts with adopting ISO 19770. By having organisations go through the conformity assessment and securing certification, the industry will start to see all that can be achieved and all the benefits ITAM brings.”
What problems do you want to solve?
Ben Strickland fell into ITAM close to 10 years ago. He’s a fan of ISO 19770 and the ISO ITAM Standards Committee. He’s also the recipient of the 2021 Professional of the Year award (ITAM Excellence Awards). What would he tell someone considering an ITAM role? “What opportunities do you see in front of you? Just start doing it.”
What was ITAM called in the 1980s?
Meet Sherry Irwin. Sherry has worked in ITAM for three decades and has volunteered with ISO for 11 years. She started her own ITAM consulting business in 1995 and the Canadian IT Users Group in 1992. Trailblazer? Category definer? Absolutely yes and so much more.
“You don’t need to be techy to do ITAM.”
Meet Justine McSweeney. She is the 2020 ITAM Excellence Award “Rising Star” winner. After 31 years with Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) and various roles, she entered the ITAM profession and hasn’t looked back.
The parallel between mixed martial arts and ITAM.
Meet Lance Giles. He leads the team that won the 2020 ITAM Excellence Award for “Implementation Team or Project of the Year”. Lance has worked on the vendor side, the publisher side, the end-user side and the consulting side. In his current role, he started an ITAM practice from the ground up.
“ITAM and ITSM are critical for any organisation.”
Meet Desiree Weiss, a SAP licensing specialist. Desiree won the “Specialist or Consultant of the Year Award” at the 2020 ITAM Excellence Awards. We spoke with Desiree about her passion for all things SAP and about her work in IT Procurement, Service Excellence and Service Management.