SAM Practitioners of the Year Raise the Bar (Jun. 18, '08)

IBSMA Announces SAM Practitioner of the Year Awards 2008

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Steven Russman, 734/930-1925

CHICAGO, ILL.—Chicago, Ill. (June 18, 2008) – Software asset management is a challenging and fluid profession. Five outstanding examples of innovation and determination in the field have been named winners of the 2008 SAM Practitioner of the Year award by the International Business Software Managers Association (IBSMA).

IBSMA’s SAM Practitioner of the Year award, now in its third year, recognizes IT professionals who exemplify excellence in the practice of software asset management. This year IBSMA selected the following individuals for their outstanding work to advance the practice of software asset management.

The 2008 SAM Practitioners of the Year are: 

Lynn Barbour, coordinator of configuration and asset management for Medavie Blue Cross in Canada, built a solid SAM program nearly from scratch, and in record time, by designing stellar IT service management processes and implementing a CMDB.

Dan Griffith, manager of electronic design automation software asset management for Freescale Inc., in Tempe, Ariz., matured the company’s SAM solution to near perfection by securing full management commitment for centralized, automated license management and implementing innovative metrics for usage-tracking, saving tens of millions of dollars.

Thomas Oscanyan, software asset manager for the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, has made drastic advancements in the management of the school’s software assets.

Doug Reid, IT asset manager for Ontario Lottery and Gaming in Canada, handled his company’s first vendor-driven audit a little over a year ago. The audit’s outcomes would re-affirm good practices already in place at the OLG, as well as spark ideas for numerous improvements.

Zulfikar Salehmohamed, corporate license manager of FIDUCIA IT AG, one of Germany’s top financial IT providers, brought about major improvements in asset, configuration, contract and license management functions.

The winners were chosen by an independent panel of experts from around the country affiliated with ECPweb or IBSMA. They were honored at an awards ceremony in Chicago, June 16, during the 2008 SAM Summit.

“IBSMA’s SAM Practitioner of the Year winners have made tremendous contributions to software asset management this year,” said IBSMA Executive Director Steven Russman. “Their contribution and dedication toward excellence in SAM is exemplary and inspiring.”

Adobe Systems was honored as the Industry Member of the Year Award for its work to further industry acceptance and use of ISO/IEC 19770-2 software-tags. Juan Carlos Colosso, senior product manager for licensing technologies, accepted the award and said, “It is a great honor for Adobe Systems to receive the Industry Member of the Year Award. To be recognized for our work to further the industry’s acceptance and use of ISO-standard software tags is a truly special award.”

Adobe announced plans to introduce standardized tags in the Acrobat 9 family, shipping next month; and also in the rest of its desktop products shipping later this year and next.

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IBSMA, the International Business Software Managers Association, is a division of ECP. IBSMA is an international association of 2,500-plus business-focused SAM professionals working together on issues of common concern. (ECP) is the innovative leader in news and reviews of technology asset, IT service and software asset management issues, practices and tools. ECP publishes Tools Manager, Software Manager, IT Service Manager and other industry-leading guides and reports.

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