FinOps: What it is and how to make it work for you

April 13, 2022

This blog is from Brian Adler, Senior Director, Cloud Market Strategy, Flexera (an ITAM Forum Patron)

Bringing financial accountability to the cloud

In today’s environment, it seems as though there’s always another “ops” on the way. In fact, it’s common slang among techies to use “YA” (yet another) in front of the latest and greatest industry acronym.
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The What and Why of FinOps

April 8, 2022

This blog is from Jonas Lazar, Principal Business Consultant – FinOps, SoftwareONE (an ITAM Forum Patron).

FinOps, also known as Cloud Financial Management, is becoming increasingly important for organizations that leverage the cloud. As the de-facto operating model for the cloud, FinOps helps organizations tie cloud spend directly to business outcomes.
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The ITAM Forum Drafts the World’s First ITAM ISO/IEC 19770-1 Certification Scheme

March 9, 2022

The ITAM Forum, the professional body for the advancement of the global IT Asset Management industry, has reached the final steps in the development of the world’s first, independent, globally-recognized ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification scheme for organizations.

Nearly 100 volunteering ITAM professionals (who comprise the Committee of Experts) and NEN (Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute) have helped draft the scheme and ready it for validation.

A handful of organizations will now participate in the validation phase where they will go through the full certification process to help iron out any issues found through real- world experience and provide feedback. If successful, these organizations will gain “ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification”. Brand Compliance, an independent external certification body, will perform the conformity assessments.

Martin Thompson, founder of the ITAM Forum, comments, “Two years ago we started the ITAM Forum with a blank sheet of paper. Now we are on the verge of launching the world’s first, globally-recognized certification scheme for ITAM – the ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification.

Establishing a global standard for ITAM compliance is one of the main reasons we started the ITAM Forum. I am very proud of the support we’ve received from our patrons, trustees and the wider ITAM community as we reach the final steps in bringing this world’s first certification to market. I want to personally thank everyone who has given their time to help shape and draft the scheme. Without this help, we would not be where we are today.”

Register your organization’s interest in being ISO/IEC 19770-1 certified

The ITAM Forum intends to launch the scheme to the market during summer 2022. Organizations wishing to explore certification, can now register their interest. A member of the ITAM Forum team will get in touch to explain the next steps.

Certifying against the scheme will give businesses an unbiased, independent, globally-accepted quality stamp for their ITAM practice. This will assure them and their partners, customers and stakeholders that they meet the highest ITAM standards in the world.

A globally-recognized certification scheme will also help gain the ITAM industry as a whole, more attention, investment and credibility, helping it mature into a trusted, respected and valued business partner.

2021 Review and Plans for 2022

January 14, 2022

2021 was a busy year for the ITAM Forum! As a global, ITAM membership organization, we worked hard to launch new and valuable opportunities for members. And, we’re on track with creating with the world’s first ISO 19770 certification scheme for organizations!
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Do you see your ITAM weaknesses?

December 22, 2021

Meet Dennis Montanje who’s worked in ITAM for 20 years and leads the ITAM Forum’s Certification workstream. As the MD of Softline Group Northern Europe (an ITAM Forum Patron), Dennis has spent his career delivering services to customers and advising them during their SAM/ITAM journeys. He also promotes the ITAM ISO 19770 standard as the framework needed to do SAM and ITAM properly.
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What problems do you want to solve?

December 10, 2021

Ben Strickland fell into ITAM close to 10 years ago. He was working for Cisco, helping it to move from a propriety operating system to a Linux system and was asked to keep track of software licensing. “It eventually consumed me and became my whole life.”
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