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ITAM Lifetime Achievements

On November 10, I traveled to Maidenhead, England to attend the annual ITAM Review Awards Banquet and present a Lifetime Achievement Award to a surprised colleague, David Bicket. David recently volunteered his time for 7 years to lead a distinguished group of Software Asset Management and IT Asset Management (SAM/ITAM) savants in developing a remarkable […]

Sassafras K2 supports ISO 19770-2 and 19770-3 standards for Software Asset Management

I think it was sometime in the spring of 2006 that a seemingly unremarkable decision happened in a committee meeting that destined a small group of us to forever change the way that Software Asset Managers do their jobs. The meeting was the development group for the ISO/IEC 19770-2 SWID (software identification) standard. It was […]

Importing Software Purchase Records into K2

Importing software purchase records

The collection and analysis of software license entitlement data in software purchase records is essential to Software Asset Management best practices around compliance analysis and overspend reporting for cost reduction efforts. It is not possible for a software asset manager to complete the full disposition of their duties without comparing software procurement levels to deployment, consumption, […]

Capturing Software Usage Data with K2-KeyServer

Capture Software Usage Data

Best Practices for correctly configuring Policies to track and manage software usage. K2-KeyServer can conduct many activities to support your organization’s IT management goals. It handles Software Asset Management (SAM), Hardware Asset Management (HAM), Software License Management (SLM), software usage tracking and optimization of computing resources (both software and hardware). K2 also supports IT Procurement […]

Desktop to Datacenter, Virtual to Cloud – K2 does Software Asset Management

Sassafras K2-KeyServer version 7.4 released Sassafras Software, a pioneer in Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT Asset Management (ITAM), has released a major upgrade of its award-winning SAM/ITAM solution, K2-KeyServer. K2 version 7.4 adds support for Datacenter Processor Value Unit (PVU) and Core License Metrics, Configuration Logging with customizable alerts, an enhanced Web Interface and […]

Why is Software Usage Metering so important?

Those of us who have been around in the IT Asset Management (ITAM) sector for any length of time have heard it said – and probably even said it ourselves – that Software License Optimization (SLO) can not be fully accomplished without Software Usage Metering! Effective License Position I recently read an article about Effective […]

Hardware Asset Management with Sassafras K2

IT Asset Management

A K2 administrator recently told me about some ways that he uses K2-KeyServer to manage the lifecycle and total cost of ownership (TCO) of his computers. His organization acquires computers in different ways. Sometimes they purchase computers for individual staff, other times they might lease computers for teams, projects, or computing labs. For every computer, […]

Five Cost Reduction Strategies in Software Asset Management

Software Cost Reduction

K2’s entitlement-based approach to Software Asset Management can get companies to cost reduction very quickly. We regularly receive feedback from customers who experience great success at hardware and software cost reduction and cost containment. K2 helps them to efficiently deliver software and hardware assets and IT services to their user communities. There are many specific […]