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News You Can Use - The Latest ITAM News

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IAITAM News You Can Use has found a new home at IAITAM.org! Follow along at IAITAM.org/itam-news to stay up-to-date with the latest ITAM News.

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News You Can Use - The Latest ITAM News

News You Can Use - The Latest ITAM News | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

IAITAM News You Can Use has found a new home at IAITAM.org! Follow along at IAITAM.org/itam-news to stay up-to-date with the latest ITAM News.

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Malicious actors seeking exploits in SAP and Oracle ERP applications on the rise, US warns

Malicious actors seeking exploits in SAP and Oracle ERP applications on the rise, US warns | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Over the last three years, public exploitations of SAP and Oracle ERP apps have increased by 100%, according to new research.
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Direct feeds to and from the ERP system to ITAM automation have been lessening over time and this article explains the trend.  PLUS, consider participating in projects to harden the ERP system connections so that we can increase ITAM attention to the inventory accuracy and contractual diligence on all things ERP-related in our portfolios of assets.

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A look at the fate of material left in wake of ECS

A look at the fate of material left in wake of ECS | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
E-scrap processor Dynamic Recycling has signed a deal to buy assets from bankrupt company ECS Refining. Meanwhile, environmental and cost complications are popping up around facility cleanup efforts. ECS, a nationwide e-scrap processor and IT asset disposition (ITAD) services provider, …Continue Reading→
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What happens when your organization’s ITAD vendor goes bankrupt?  Skim this article to see how messy it can get. 

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Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Grew For the First Time in Six Years During the Second Quarter of 2018

Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Grew For the First Time in Six Years During the Second Quarter of 2018 | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.1 million units in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.4 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since the first quarter of 2012.
IAITAM's insight:

As Hardware Asset Managers probably know, there is an uptick in organizational acquisition of PCs.  The numbers are in this press release along with a “leader board” from Gartner’s analysis.

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Security, SaaS, cloud lead IT investment

Security, SaaS, cloud lead IT investment | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
After 10 years of top rankings, Microsoft was again identified as the most strategic vendor, according to a Goldman Sachs survey.
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Planning ahead?  What is the focus of executives and what will they be prioritizing?  Some thoughts on that subject are provided here based on investment statistics.

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2018 trends: Where are we now?

2018 trends: Where are we now? | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Halfway through the year, it's time to look back on trends CIO Dive identified in January to see where industry adoption lies.
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Articles about IT trends are common every January, but it is less common to see an evaluation of their expected trends in the middle of the year. Interesting to compare to what you see from the C-level at your organization.

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Security doesn't have to be a barrier to functionality

Security doesn't have to be a barrier to functionality | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Hacking fears lead many firms to pile on needless layers of security, says Andrew Clarke
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What security software is our organization buying?  Do we have the right mix of confidentiality, integrity and availability?  Perhaps not says this article. 

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Questions you still need to ask SAP about indirect access

Questions you still need to ask SAP about indirect access | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
SAP believes it has solved customers' concerns around indirect access, but some unanswered questions remain
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Two months after indirect access has been addressed by SAP as a new license type, questions remain about what it means and what the consequences are. 

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SERI announces new leader

SERI announces new leader | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
The organization that administers the R2 e-scrap recycling standard has elevated Corey Dehmey to the executive director role. He replaces John Lingelbach, whose exit from the group was announced earlier this year. Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) made the announcement …Continue Reading→
IAITAM's insight:

Managing final disposition of hardware assets has been greatly aided by e-scrap recycling standards such as the R2 standard.  When long-time executive director John Lingelbach left the R2 administrative organization known as SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International) earlier this year, IAITAM lost a long-time resource and collaborator.   Corey Dehmey, was announced this week as  the new executive director.  Please read the announcement for more on Dehmey’s experience.  IAITAM looks forward to continuing to working with SERI so that IT Asset Management profession is up to date on the e-scrap industry including the ITAD vendors that we rely on.     When asked by IAITAM about his direction for SERI, Dehmey stated “I am excited to continue SERI’s mission and look forward to helping IT asset managers understand the benefits and manage the risks of selling reusable assets and recycling end-of-life equipment.” 

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Sprint, T-Mobile plan to file deal application to FCC on Monday | Reuters

Sprint, T-Mobile plan to file deal application to FCC on Monday | Reuters | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Wireless companies Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc have informed the Federal Communications Commission that they will formally file an application asking for approval to merge on Monday, according to a document seen by Reuters.
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Sprint and T-Mobile are again talking merger.  As numbers 3 and 4 out of a market of 4, your organization might be using one of the other guys for business mobile.  Even if you use Verizon or AT&T, the potentially merging companies have been competing for your business and a merger may impact what you see in the marketplace.  See the announcement of renewed application to merge and the second article talks about why T-Mobile has been pursuing enterprise customers.

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How viable is machine learning for cybersecurity?

How viable is machine learning for cybersecurity? | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Business professionals who have been riding the ML high may be in stor...
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Reports on the capabilities of machine learning and artificial learning have been overly optimistic.  Good to know when SAM participates in the acquisition of new software.

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Whose responsibility is it to make recycling work?

Whose responsibility is it to make recycling work? | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Executives from Waste Management, Republic Services, Casella, SWANA, NWRA, DSNY and Rubicon all weighed in at WasteExpo.
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As reported earlier, China’s changes from being a major recipient of materials for recycling in numerous categories has created what the recycling industry is calling a “water shed moment."  Read this short article on who is responsible for the North American situation as a good way to understand the longer term issues for all.  Keep in mind that the recycling being discussed is all of recycling, not just e-recycling.

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News You Can Use - The Latest ITAM News

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IAITAM News You Can Use has found a new home at IAITAM.org! Follow along at IAITAM.org/itam-news to stay up-to-date with the latest ITAM News.

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In My Opinion: Potential in the policy

In My Opinion: Potential in the policy | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of E-Scrap News. Subscribe today for access to all print content.   The concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) is spreading and evolving around the world. And with recently passed legislation, …Continue Reading→
IAITAM's insight:

Is this the next wave of e-scrap handling?  This discussion of the changes Ontario is planning explains quite a few of the real-life issues all face with e-scrap.  For details on the first set of changes, read the first bulleted list.  Read the second list to understand this ITAD vendor’s view on the goals important to making the changes practical and effective. 

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The evolving role of a CIO

The evolving role of a CIO | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
The traditional role of a CIO is changing and evolving in line with technological advancements and digital disruption.
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A case is made in this short article for CIOs being underpowered to do their job post-digital transformation (where the customer experience is king).  Although sponsored content (with a brief commercial for a post-graduate training), it is worth a read to see if you agree more with this assessment than some of the ones we have seen recently about creating new “C” positions. 

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OEMs report annual recycling progress

OEMs report annual recycling progress | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Major electronics manufacturers Dell and HP recently released their yearly corporate sustainability reports, showing their achievements in material sourcing, design for repair and closed-loop recovery. Increasing closed-loop efforts HP achieved a 17 percent recycling rate for its products worldwide last …Continue Reading→
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Good information on how the OEM calculates recycling progress plus some information on devices that are highly rated as repairable, an important goal to support maximum reuse before recycling.  Notice the reference to repair hub iFixit, leading the way on increasing awareness of the right-to-repair movement.

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Google Is Fined $5 Billion by EU in Android Antitrust Case

Google Is Fined $5 Billion by EU in Android Antitrust Case | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
The EU fined Alphabet’s Google $5 billion, a record for the bloc that could loosen the company’s grip on its biggest growth engine: mobile phones.
IAITAM's insight:

Cases like this one sets trends and changes the behavior of software and hardware providers.  Similar changes happened after Microsoft lost an antitrust suit in 2001 over bundling Internet Explorer with Microsoft Windows.  Read this article for the potential shakeup in mobile computing and continue reading to the end where the article summarizes the political/legal situation across several issues.  The brief is good background material for ITAM professionals.

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Broadcom to Buy CA Technologies for $18.9 Billion

Broadcom to Buy CA Technologies for $18.9 Billion | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Broadcom struck a deal to buy software company CA Technologies for nearly $19 billion, a surprise move that takes the chip-making giant in a new direction.
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Many organizations have CA Technologies software somewhere in their portfolios, making news of the acquisition of the company important for SAM professionals.

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California passes bill to move toward consumer privacy protection in a GDPR world

California passes bill to move toward consumer privacy protection in a GDPR world | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Facebook, Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon collectively contributed to a $1 million fund to oppose the bill when it was proposed.
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The first effort for state-wide (at least) data privacy that is GDPR is in motion, but impact is still hazy.

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Details on BAN's new device-tracking service

Details on BAN's new device-tracking service | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
The Basel Action Network has launched a commercial tracking service to monitor e-scrap flows, and its first customer is an OEM that was lambasted by the watchdog group over exports two years ago. Dell and Seattle-based BAN have teamed up …Continue Reading→
IAITAM's insight:

The tracking of IT hardware in the final disposition steps is gaining momentum as highlighted in this E-Scrap article.  This type of tracking is about confirming that downstream processors and our ITAD vendors are indeed taking the expected actions.

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Teradata sues SAP, alleges stolen trade secrets and HANA built on its IP

Teradata sues SAP, alleges stolen trade secrets and HANA built on its IP | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Teradata said SAP built HANA using its intellectual property and now is trying to block out its customers from accessing their ERP data.
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Although law suits take a long time to proceed, this is a potential game changer:  Teradata is claiming SAP’s HANA was developed with technology belonging to Teradata. 

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CIOs worry about too much money going to 'keeping the lights on'

CIOs worry about too much money going to 'keeping the lights on' | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Spending on innovation comes with the hope of a healthy return on investment. However, sometimes CIOs have a hard time justifying such financial risks.
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What executives think impacts what they support including ITAM. I suggest we pay attention to the opinion captured in this article about a Rimini Street survey. I downloaded the survey and found “I don’t believe I can extract more value from my existing IT real estate”  scored almost as high as the spending too much to keep the lights on!  Please consider this perspective in planning what you should do and measure. Use as an opportunity to say what we could do better, or back up the comments, whichever is true in your organization.

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Survey of Briefs in Support of Google’s Rehearing Petition in Oracle Case

Survey of Briefs in Support of Google’s Rehearing Petition in Oracle Case | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
Google kicked off another round of briefing in the ongoing Oracle v. Google litigation, filing a petition for rehearing en …
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Over the 8 years of the Oracle v. Google law suit, IAITAM has provided the occasional link to bring you up to date on whether APIs are covered by copyright or free to be used (and necessary to technology) across systems.  The latest round is starting and provided the linked article that explains the history and then leaps into POV briefs from numerous sources.  Read the beginning to remind yourself of the issues, then skip down and read any one of the briefs presented by authoring group.  I suggest the Computer Scientists brief near the end of the long article.  It is clear and straight to the point about the necessity for APIs to be usable.  When Oracle responds, we’ll let you know.

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Top 5 misconceptions about the 2nd decade of cloud computing

Top 5 misconceptions about the 2nd decade of cloud computing | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it
There are still many misconceptions about the cloud, and the surest way to correct…
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This article examines cloud from the cloud provider’s perspective, clarifying misconceptions that we may have as well.

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