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SAM Summit 2018 Call for Presentations

You're invited to present at the premier summit for software license management professionals

We're busy putting together a top-notch agenda of stimulating speakers and topics drawn from our extensive list of professional members and industry leaders. The agenda will be posted in January 2018. We will continue to accept proposals until the agenda is full. Submit your topic today! Details

SAM Summit 2018, October 22-24 in Chicago, is the premier summit for advanced-level software license management practitioners. The 2018 conference will again be held at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center downtown.

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 2018, such as licensing in the cloud, mobile device management, plus peer networking discussions and workshops and license management strategies for SAP, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and others. We've organized the agenda into tracks and sessions for intermediate and advanced-level attendees.

Visit for details and early bird registration discounts.

To be considered for the first-round speaker selection we must receive your proposal no later than December 1, 2017. Preference will be given to those who submit topics by the deadline or earlier. Speakers attend the conference as our guest. You are invited to submit a proposal for a conference session or roundtable discussion. We will continue to accept proposals until all slots are filled. Details

We expect a strong turnout in 2018 and estimate 200 will attend the conference. Typically, attendees work in large companies in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

SAM Summit 2017

Overview of session types

SAM Summit 2017

SAM Summit 2017

SAM Summit 2017



Vendors interested in demonstrating products or presenting customer case studies should contact IBSMA for details. Vendors are also invited to submit proposals covering topics of interest to a broad range of attendees (refer to topics listed below).


Case studies
IBSMA invites selected practitioners to present leading-edge real-life case studies. Hear firsthand what works and what doesn't. These session are favorites of SAM Summit attendees. Case study sessions run one hour.

Suggested case study topics include managing a software audit, data security and software-as-a-service, financial management and SAM, lessons learned from a tool implementation, license management in the global enterprise and more.

Roundtable discussion
SAM pros discuss how they meet challenges and navigate obstacles. These small group discussions offer an informal setting to share insights, challenges and concerns on today's pressing issues. Topics include selecting tool and service providers, managing a compliance review and the challenges of implementing SAM governance, plus navigating political landmines and organizational taboos and measuring the financial benefits of SAM and qualifying risk. Selected sessions will be open to end users only. Roundtables run 45 minutes to one hour.





Suggested topics

Suggested topics for breakout sessions and roundtable discussions are listed below. Be creative and suggest an alternate topic of interest to you. Three to five breakout sessions and discussions will run concurrently in most time slots.

2018 conference tracks: General session, hot topics, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, roundtable discussion and tools

Suggested topics (sample topics only and not intended to be a definitive list)

Hot Topics IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Oracle and More
Who Should Be on Your SAM Team? IBM Peer Networking Roundtable
SAM Best Practices Workshop Lunchtime Q&A: ILMT Migration, Implementation & Optimization
Panel Discussion: Approaches to Preparing For & Managing Software Audits What's New in IBM License Compliance
Approach to Vendor Management What You Need to Know About IBM’s License Metric Tool
Become a Master of SAM in the Cloud Painless Upgrading to IBM's Latest License Metric Tool
Good Data In, Great Results Out How to Measure Usage with ILMT and Save on Licensing Key Products
Three Trends in Cloud Tech to Change the Way You License Software Surefire Ways to Ace Your Next IBM Audit
Risks and Benefits of Open Source Software
Put the SAM Team in Every IT Strategic Decision Microsoft Audit Defense and Prep-Practices Roundtable
Harnessing Your IT Data for Software Licensing Optimization Microsoft Licensing Past, Present and Future: What's Next?
Leverage Data Theory to Attack Overspend & Defend Security Reconciling the Microsoft  ELP & MLS
What's the Role of SAM In Cybersecurity?  Best Tactics When Negotiating Microsoft Office 365 Offerings
Benefits & Costs of Unlimited License Agreements Microsoft Office on iPad and Android
Managing Data as an Asset What's New in Licensing Microsoft SQL & Windows Server
Using Artificial Intelligence for Reporting and Analysis Lessons Learned in 2017 for Managing Microsoft in 2018
Psychology of Negotiation Top 5 Microsoft Compliance Findings
Normalizing Software Data Managing Oracle for an Enterprise
Hardware Maintenance Management Top 10 Oracle Licensing Gotchas
How to Start a SAM Program or Project Oracle's New Approach to License Management
Best Practices for License Recovery and Harvesting An Expert's Tour of Optimizing Oracle in Virtual Environments
Making the Case for SAM and IT Security Recalibrating Entitlements for Oracle Licensing in the Cloud
Negotiating Contract Non Disclosure Provisions Making Sense of Oracle’s Most Complex Licensing Terms
SAM for Open Source Software What's New with Oracle Unlimited License Agreements
SAM Considerations for Software Producers  Managing Oracle Applications and Middleware
Current Market Trends and Statistics Demystifying SAP Contracts & License Usage
Industry-specific SAM considerations (such as for health care or government) The Ins and Outs of SAP Compliance Audits
Optimizing Your SAM Ecosystem Data: Normalizing and Enhancing Software, Hardware & Vendor Details Find & Fix Your SAP  Indirect Usage
Who Should Be on Your SAM Team? Best Tools to Measure & Manage SAP
Reduce Software Spend and Mitigate Security Risks
Leveraging Automation to Advance Your ITAM Program Roundtable Discussions
Has Your Network Outgrown Your Control over IT Spend? Educating SAM Stakeholders
Let's Get Sassy: SaaS License Management Boost Stakeholder Support for Your SAM Program
  Enhance Your Negotiation Skills and Strategies
Managing Vendor Relationships for Maximum Benefit 
Challenging the Audit Clause
How to Use the Psychology of Negotiation
SAM Tool User Discussion
Top 10 Tips for Successful SAM System Implementations 
Modernize Your SAM Program for the Enterprise of Tomorrow
Focused Networking Topic Session


Submitting your presentation proposal

SAM Summit 2018

Your proposal should include the title of your session, a three to four sentence synopsis and your name, employer and job title or function. Send your proposal to Gear your presentation for intermediate to advanced end users. Select a topic and session type from the list above, or submit a new topic. We like new ideas!

Be sure to submit your session proposal by December 1, 2017. Submissions will be accepted until all speaking slots are filled. We will post the 2018 conference agenda in early 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions. E-mail or call 1.734.930.1925.


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