Oct 20, 2016 - 05:00 AM
It is better than nothing if you are a SAM tool provider trying to break into the market, with a new product it will give you something to post on your website and reassure an unsophiticated buyer.
When you look at the details for how they evaluate a tool on their website (Lab Simulation in Cologne) they talk about less than 20 servers which is simply too small a test sample. It also make no reference to the vendors or products that will be certified which is another warning sign for me.
There is a huge difference between being certified for Microsoft on desktop (every tool does it) and Oracle or IBM products on servers.
What matters to most clients I advise is the size and complexity of reference sites.
If you can show your tool has scanned a 1000+ server estate with 10 different OS types you won't need any pseudo certification to sell your product, the results speak for themselves.
Oct 20, 2016 - 09:13 PM
Like Piaras said, I think if there was to be a certification or industry standard then the technologies need to be tested for X, Y & Z in the same, realistic working environment (more than 20 servers!).
However, with our industry changing all the time with new technologies and licensing models, wouldn't the certification need regular refreshes and then the certification process to start again?
The ITAM Review mentioned at the recent event in London that they would be testing SAM technologies in a lab with a bigger environment, so the results of that may be worth looking out for :).
Oct 24, 2016 - 08:36 PM