Sitting here in Sydney, looking out at the flash thunderstorm in the city with mounting incredulity, I thought I'd write a post about the first day of the ITAM Review Australia conference yesterday. Sydney is currently being deluged and the morning news is now saying that we should expect 200mm of rain over the course of the day - to put that into perspective, Sydney normally has about 80mm of rain in the whole of November. At the moment, the soundtrack of the city seems to be emergency sirens as fire trucks keep speeding past, and this is now the worst November storm in Sydney in over 7 decades.
It was an enjoyable first day at the conference. I was fortunate enough to be presenting my workshop on integrating SAM into datacentre PMO and change processes in the morning, allowing me the rest of the day to relax and enjoy some of the other sessions. We had some really good speakers on sessions including managing IaaS costs, the updated ISO 19770-1 standard, achieving savings in SaaS, the ITAM journeys of different Australian and New Zealand organisations and managing audits. By the way, credit is due to the ITAM Review for the photo at the top of this blog, taken during my session yesterday.
Towards the end of the afternoon, we had some interesting round table discussions on hot topics chosen by the conference delegates. I hosted one on building the business case and gaining management support for ITAM. It was a spirited discussion, with some superb (and highly original) analogies for communicating to C-level executives on the value of ITAM in non-technical language. I'll do a blog soon about business cases so watch this space.
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the day, and a real indicator of how small a community ITAM is globally, was getting to meet, for the first time, people from this part of the world with whom I had previously worked remotely, exchanged emails and messages with, and, in one instance, discussed SAM with in a webinar. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Informative sessions, engaging delegates, and the opportunity to network and discuss ITAM with an audience to which I am not normally exposed. I'm looking forward to day 2 but will definitely be using a taxi to the venue!