What is SAM Summit? This unique 2.5 day summit will focus on beginner to advanced-level topics in software asset management, software licensing, contracting and compliance, plus emerging developments in SAM. SAM Summit 2015 is our 16th conference. Space is limited! Register early for the best discounts and promotions.
“SAM Summit is an extremely intense event because there are so many strong forces affecting how software is licensed and managed today,” said Steven Russman, executive director of the International Business Software Managers Association. From licensing in cloud environments and on mobile devices to increased piracy and compliance audits, software asset managers have more to juggle today than ever, he said.
What’s on the 2015 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 2015, such as software-as-a-service, SAM and data privacy and data security, mobile device management, 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 beginner intermediate and advanced-level attendees.
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 2015 we will take over the sixth floor for all three days, 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 220 to maintain our intimate environment providing attendees ample time to mingle and network.
The 2014 conference is done, but you can review the highlights. Click here to download an overview with pictures and article links (PDF file).
In the coming weeks, we'll post more on the cutting-edge sessions by SAM pros at the top companies and the top technology innovators.
Plan now to attend SAM Summit 2015 in Chicago. Follow us: at @SAMSummit_IBSMA or for the latest updates.
What's New for 2015
60-plus beginner, intermediate and advanced-level sessions
Aspera, Snow Software, IBM, BDNA, Belarc and Flexera product demos
More networking time
Deep-dive sessions with the experts
Alumni and executive networking lounge
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Summit sessions will be held June 8 and 9, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and June 10, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For 2015 we will feature 60-plus sessions in five tracks including panel discussions, breakouts, small group discussions, workshops, tool demonstrations and more. Sessions will be group by experience level (beginner, intermediate and advanced levels) and topic (compliance, licensing, hot topics, vendor management, tools and more).
Look for your favorite presenters to return in 2015, plus we'll welcome many new speakers and exciting presentations. We're busy working on the 2015 agenda. For now, view the 2014 agenda.
SAM Summit 2015 Sponsors & Exhibitors
Sponsors and exhibitors may contact IBSMA for a sponsor information pack. Call 1.734.930.1925 or e-mail Services@IBSMA.com.
Aspera is a highly specialized provider of software asset management solutions. Our unique service-based approach has been successfully implemented in international projects since 2000. More than 130 enterprises–including numerous Fortune 500 companies–rely on Aspera's license management expertise. Visit Aspera.com.
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.464.8660 Map of local area
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.
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 $289/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 IUL to book your room at the preferred rate. Click here for online booking. The hotel will continue to offer the group rate until the block is full. The cutoff date for group bookings is May 8, 2015. Map of local area
We also suggest the following hotels. Those marked with * are within walking distance. For recommendations contact IBSMA. Reserve early.
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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