Siwel Consulting, a leading IT Consulting and IT Asset Management company headquartered in NYC, attended the first major IT Asset Management conference of 2013, the IAITAM Spring ACE which took place in Houston, Texas at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Over the past 10 years, IAITAM (International Association of IT Asset Managers) has hosted only one conference per year; however attendance was increasing so much that the organization decided to offer two conferences this year in different geographies – one in Houston and the second in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The event drew 420 registered attendees representing companies from across the country. Due to the convenient location in Houston, many oil and energy companies from this region participated. There were 30 vendors that exhibited, promoting their IT Asset Management (ITAM) solutions and services.
The conference began each day with breakfast and a keynote speaker presentation. The keynotes were not very compelling. They were followed by four session tracks offering a variety of important themes in IT Asset Management. Both vendors promoting their products and services, and end-user organizations sharing case studies delivered the sessions. Here is a sample of some of the session topics:
· ITAM Best Practices
· Oracle License Management in VMware Virtual Environments
· Using ITAM to Reduce Costs in the Virtual Data Center
· Software Audits: Songs of Microsoft & Oracle
· The ITAM Dream Team: How to Create and Maintain It
· Mobile Device Management
· Using RFID to Manage IT Assets
· A Unified Approach to SAM as a Service
· The 7 Biggest Mistakes Companies Make When Disposing of their IT Assets
· Vendor Management Best Practices in Today’s Changing World
One of the session formats that was very popular was “Ask the Fellows.” IAITAM has a team of nominated Fellows who are experts in ITAM and represent both the end-user and vendor communities. The Fellows ran a series of sessions with a good variety of topics to choose from. The session format involved an open forum where the audience asked questions of the experts. These sessions were very interactive and beneficial to end-users who were interested in bouncing ideas off their peers or had specific ITAM problems they were trying to solve.
The smaller size of this conference lended itself to productive networking. Often times, a larger conference with numerous participants can be overwhelming, making it much more challenging to build strong business relationships.
In speaking with end-users and vendors, both groups seemed pleased with the IAITAM conference and found it very productive. Many folks participated for the first time while others had been attending the conference for years. The IAITAM conference has become the annual gathering place for ITAM experts to exchange ideas and information, raise the awareness and the level of the profession, and move the industry forward.
The IAITAM Fall ACE Conference will take place on October 15-17, 2013 at the Tradewinds Island Grand in St. Petersburg, Florida and should prove to be of equal benefit and quality.