75% of SAM Pros agree “SAM Skills Gap Exists”

04 August 2015
3 minute read
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75% of SAM Pros agree “SAM Skills Gap Exists”

04 August 2015
3 minute read

The ITAM Review held a joint SAM Skills workshop event with the BCS on 14th July (See our original event listing here).

Thanks to everyone that came along, special thanks to Gemma Walker of Livingstone and Greg Hallam of SoftwareOne for hosting excellent workshop sessions and thanks to Rory Canavan of SAM Charter for helping on our panel.

3-Minute Video Overview – SAM Skills Workshop with the BCS

SAM Skills Workshop Review

The ½ day event was held at BCS offices on The Strand with two introductory presentations before delving into two specialist workshops on software licensing and audit defence.

Dave Kelsey, the man recently appointed to develop a roadmap to improve the SAM Essentials and SAM practitioner courses, began with an overview of recent research from the BCS.

Research Highlights:

  • 75% of SAM pros agreed a SAM skills gap exists
  • Raising awareness of SAM to the rest of the IT department and the business as a whole was cited as the biggest challenge
  • See the full presentation below

SAM essentials has been the de-facto standard for SAM education for many ITAM Review readers, especially in Europe, and it’s great to see Dave’s appointment and investment from BCS in this area.

I then provided an overview of how to benchmark your organization for SAM maturity and assess the capabilities of your SAM team using the ITAM Review 12-box Model (Presentation below). To receive an independent benchmarking, capabilities heat map and prioritized action list please give me a shout.

Dave Kelsey, Product Manager for ITAM Courses at BCS.

Dave Kelsey, Product Manager for ITAM Education at BCS.

Gemma and Greg then led two interactive workshops on licensing and audit defence. Feedback on the format has been positive and we hope to repeat similar events with BCS in the future. Gemma and Greg’s slide decks are below.




Slide Decks


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