What is SAM Summit?SAM Summit 2016 is now in its 13th year. This unique 2.5 day summit will focus on intermediate to advanced-level topics in software asset management, software licensing, contracting and compliance, plus emerging developments in SAM. Space is limited! Register early for the best discounts and promotions.
"New technologies, licensing models and vendor shuffling are as challenging as they are frequent. And for every new evolution, SAMs have a new asset to track and manage," said Steven Russman, executive director of the International Business Software Managers Association. From licensing in cloud environments and on mobile devices to increased piracy, compliance audits and program metrics, software asset managers have more to juggle today than ever, he said.
What’s on the 2016 agenda? Our 2.5 day schedule is geared for a select audience and features top speakers, case studies, panel discussions and roundtables, plus opportunities for networking and peer discussion. Sessions address cutting-edge trends for 2016, such as compliance for software-as-a-service, SAM and data privacy and data security, plus compliance clinics, peer networking discussions and workshops and license management strategies for Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and others. We've organized the agenda into tracks and sessions for intermediate and advanced-level attendees. View the 2015 agenda for an overview of what you can expect.
Where is it held? Chicago's Gleacher Center, a world-class venue downtown on Chicago's Miracle Mile and close to the subway, museums and restaurants. This international city is an ideal location and many of our members are within a two-hour flight. In 2016 we will take over the sixth floor, a beautiful space with views of the cityscape on three sides.
Who will attend? Like past successful SAM Summits, we expect many sophisticated and experienced end-user attendees who are looking for tips and solutions for challenging—and in some cases, maturing—software and IT asset management environments. Attendance is kept to 200 to maintain our intimate environment providing attendees ample time to mingle and network.
The 2015 conference is done, but you can review the highlights. Click here to be redirected to an online review.
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What's New for 2016
Dedicated Oracle, IBM and Microsoft tracks
Microsoft and SAP in-conference seminars
NEW presenters. NEW topics.
Summit Sessions and Call for Speakers
Our 2.5-day schedule is geared for a select audience and features top speakers, case studies, panel discussions and roundtables, plus opportunities for networking and peer discussion. We also offer a variety of workshops and seminars. Sessions address cutting-edge trends for 2016, such as licensing in the cloud, mobile device management, and managed services, plus compliance clinics, peer networking discussions and workshops and license management strategies for Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and others. We've organized the agenda into tracks and sessions intermediate and advanced-level attendees.
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On-site wireless Internet access available in the conference area.
A premier conference center in the heart of Chicago. The University of Chicago Gleacher Center is conveniently located in the center of Chicago's business community, just blocks away from the Loop and steps away from Magnificent Mile shopping, restaurants and hotels. It is easily accessible with public transportation and adjacent parking lots.
Book your hotel room at the InterContinental Chicago.
IBSMA has a block of rooms available at the InterContinental Chicago Hotel, a four-star hotel located at 505 North Michigan Ave. The group rate is $219/night plus taxes. The hotel is one block from the conference center. Contact the hotel directly and mention IBSMA SAM Summit Conference or group code GSQ to book your room at the preferred rate. Call 800.628.2112 or 312.944.4100. Click here for online booking.* The group rate cut off date is June 20, 2016.
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Here's a listing of hotels in the area. Hotels with * are in close walking distance to the conference center.
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Education & Networking
July 10 | 5:00–7:30 p.m. | Registration & Conference Services
SAM Summit attendees are invited to stop by the InterContinental Chicago Hotel to pick up conference materials. Look for the SAM Summit sign in the lobby.
July 11 | 5:15–6:45 p.m. | SAM Summit Networking Reception
Always a favorite. Always fun. Join us in for an appetizer and drinks reception. Unwind, mingle and visit with the exhibitors and enter the drawing for valuable prizes. Prize drawings to be held at the conclusion of the reception.
July 12 | 6:00–9:30 p.m. | Lake Michigan Boat Cruise and Chicago Skyline Tour, Plus Dinner
This cruise is a favorite of IBSMA director Steven Russman and this is sure to be an extra special evening of fun on the lake. We'll start with dinner and then head for the lake. Conference attendees will receive details by e-mail. RSVP required. Event night is included in all conference registration packages.
July 13-15 | SAM Summit Conference & Certification Courses
Details coming soon | Microsoft License Management and SAP License Management In-conference Seminars*
Here's our listing of confirmed courses
July 13 Practitioners Certificate in Oracle License Management (PCOLM)
This course will empower you to make informed decisions on licensing and managing your Oracle software. The content covers not only the fundamentals of Oracle software licensing, technical support polices and software asset management, but also the essentials of server architecture, licensing and compliance concepts. Details
July 14 Practitioners Certificate in Software License Agreements (PCSLA)
This course will help you master the 10 essential areas of a software license agreement. We present the material in plain English in the form of questions to ask and points to consider during the negotiation or contract evaluation process. Details
July 14-15 Practitioners Certificate in IBM License Management License (PCILM) Details
This course will help you learn about critical areas of IBM licensing and develop a practical approach to creating reliable IBM license compliance reports. We will illustrate key concepts and pitfalls using exercises based on real-life customer scenarios. At the completion of this course, you will have in-depth knowledge on how to effectively determine your IBM license entitlements, deployment and compliance position using all available resources.
*PCOLM, PCILM and PCSLA courses available for an additional fee. In-conference seminars included in the conference fee.
About the International Business Software Managers Association (IBSMA)
The International Business Software Mangers Association (IBSMA) is the world's largest nonprofit association of business-focused software management (SAM) professionals working together to develop and promote SAM best practices and address issues of common concern. Visit IBSMA.com for details.
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