Oct 26, 2018 - 06:15 AM
I believe SAM jobs are in demand at this time and there isn't exactly a massive pool of experienced candidates. Your analysis experience will go a long way to get you a SAM Analyst job. You will just want to learn up on some of the general SAM concepts, and you can apply those skills you already have.
There are some great resources out there (including a wonderful little book called Practical ITAM wink wink). A big part of being a successful Software Asset Manager is experience working with the many layers of an IT group, and you've likely done that throughout your career. Its all about communication. You will likely want to focus on the financial side of SAM.
I've been in the SAM industry and have very few certifications. They will teach you some core knowledge, but are not crucial to you finding success. Some organizations will lean heavily towards certified candidates, but certainly not all. You can learn a lot through self-paced trainings and free online webinars.
Don't let a lack of certifications hold you back from exploring job opportunities. If you have ~$3k in disposable income, CSAM training won't hurt your chances. If you don't, just be confident in the skills you have and show an eagerness to learn. I am sure there is an org out there that will find value in your 25 years of experience in IT.
Oct 26, 2018 - 07:56 AM
Thanks for the response, the book idea was a good idea, as there so many e.g. Amazon, and its god to get a recommendation.
If you shared your certain i would like to Linkin with you, I'm sure we share other colleagues in the IT area.
Oct 30, 2018 - 11:38 AM
A lot of SAM professionals enter the industry via the technical route so I wouldn't worry at this stage too much about certification. What you need is analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to write and present reports - I'd say those were pretty much core BA skills. As a SAM Manager I spent a lot of time working with BAs and Architects in order to ensure business cases and deployment options were watertight from a SAM perspective.
Stakeholder management skills are also important - once again something you may well have as a BA.
If you want to get a taste of the licensing aspects of being a SAM Specialist/Analyst take a look at our LISA training - http://www.itassetmanagement.net/trai... - available on demand on a monthly or annual subscription basis.
I took a similar route when I started in SAM, having been a sysadmin for 20-odd years. Most rewarding career move I ever made. Please feel free to contact me via LinkedIn if you want to discuss further - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanjwitt/
Oct 31, 2018 - 08:14 AM
Your skill set is what this industry needs more of, to be really successful in SAM you need to understand the reasons why the software exists in the first place and have the ability to unpick the application layer to present a complete picture of the software estate. You will find lots of jobs talk about experience in tooling and audit which is of course is relevant but personally I would rather have a IT specialist that understands the architecture in my team than someone who understands the tooling only.
Oct 31, 2018 - 08:41 AM
Unintended outcome: you lose License Mobility in your datacenters, Microsoft audit you, and you have to purchase current version SQL Server licenses, with SA, to ensure that you can run your VM estate with resilience and failover in mind.
As the compliance landscape shifts we need to start to understand all the components supporting the application - underlying hardware, operating system, database, libraries, etc. Only then can you say with confidence that an application is compliant with GDPR requirements or PCI-DSS, etc.
Starting with the application (which you'll be familiar with as a BA) and going down the stack will help you make better decisions as a Software Asset Manager, and be able to present those decisions at the right level (e.g. IT Investment Committee)
Nov 09, 2018 - 05:25 AM
Yes. Absolutely Yes.
I have a background similar to your being a BA, BSA, etc before “falling” into SAM. There are certifications out there but my suggestion would be just to get involved on an ITAM project and learn from doing. You have all the skills you just need to focus/train them to solve ITAM problem set.
Happy to chat via email or Skype if you want some more 1x1 suggestions. Kris dot Wong at Beaconize dot com
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Nov 18, 2018 - 12:17 AM
To paraphrase others in this stream - absolutely! If a SAM tool doesn't achieve a task, then a human will be required to perform it - and the SAM market is still under the lure of "the tool is the solution". I would go so far as to say that their is a distinct shortfall of business analysis applied to SAM solution design.