How Software Asset Management (#SAM) and Software License Management (#SLM) Tools work together

How_Software_Asset_Management_and_License_Management_Tools_ work_ togetherMy previous post was on Understanding Software Asset Management (SAM) and Software License Management (SLM) where I gave a general overview and talked about the reasons and benefits of SAM and (SLM) practices/tools.

Continuing from there, now I will try to explain how Software Asset Management and Software License Management work together to visualize license and software usage information and can save money for organizations in different scenarios.
An overview – How SAM and SLM tools works together (Click to enlarge the image)

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Understanding Software Asset Management (SAM) and Software License Management (SLM)



Consider that you are working as an IT asset manager in a organization of 15 employees using laptops, desktop or other computing resources. You are responsible for managing and tracking the software assets your organization uses and depends on. At this scale, you can easily purchase, manage and keep software assets compliant. You can identify what software you have, where it’s running, it’s respective usage and any redundancy.

Now on the other hand, take a medium or large organization with more than 500 or 1000 employees and even more. Manually keeping track of enterprise software purchase, licensing and respective usage would be a tedious and challenging work to do. A part- or full-time person might be able to manage the company’s software inventory and licenses to be in control and compliant. But at large scale, for long term, it will be challenging and almost difficult to manually or with tools with limited features to identify what software you have, where it’s running, it’s respective usage and any redundancy. This is where software asset management (SAM) and software license management (SLM) tools help in these growing scales.

Despite the company operations size, a resource is required to keep track of software application purchase, distribution and licensing.  It is vital for any company to manage software inventory and licences to keep software assets in compliance and in control.

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E.A.T approach for achieving software quality

Combining Exploratory and Automated Testing approaches

Finding the bugs in a software earlier can save time and money for a company. If there is fault slip through, then identifying the root case and doing respective changes in development can more cause time and money. Every tester, team and company targets to release a bug free product to it’s stakeholders — though it is a big challenge and developing a test strategy depends on project’s test needs and most importantly company’s quality mindset. Various testing approaches are useful for different testing levels.

In this post, I would like to propose a new term “E.A.T” — combining Exploratory and Automated Testing approaches. Here is what I think about it; Continue reading

6 Benefits of using Exploratory Testing (ET) approach

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Bug hunt with Exploratory Testing

Exploratory Testing (ET) approach has gained focus and popularity in recent years. There are more studies and has received professional attention from industry too. I think, ET approach acts like a power to a tester, but power comes with responsibility as well, it’s a great opportunity and freedom for tester to explore and identify areas for quality improvement. Tester has the advantage to demonstrate own skill set, knowledge and experience from different perspectives and help improve the quality of system under test.

You as a curious tester have been using exploratory approach unconsciously in your test activities, just give it a thought.

ET has been known as simultaneous learning, test design, test execution and test analysis — a way to define this approach. Over time, the definition of ET has emerged from an error checking technique to a defined testing approach. You can find all the definitions since 1988 on James Bach blog.

From my personal experience, observations and discussion with ET practitioners,  I would like to highlight 6 benefits of using this approach, even though there are many more. These benefits are related directly or indirectly to testers, teams and management. Continue reading

Start your journey towards becoming a Competent Communicator with Toastmasters International


Communicating a message effectively is a skill, some of us are born with — and others like me desired to invest on. If an individual struggles to communicate effectively, it will hold him or her back in personal, social and careers. Thus its importance can’t be overlooked and how you develop or polish it further depends on your personal choices.

Last year, I embarked on a journey towards becoming a Competent Communicator with Toastmasters International (TI), a non-profit organization. I have met amazing people and experience has been satisfying.

Overcome your fears of public speaking and change your destiny!

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How to prepare and pass ISTQB® Agile Tester Extension Certification Exam

[Are you interested to pass the certification exam?

I am offering online training for ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification, both study and exam practice. Please contact me and we can talk more]

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In SEP 2015, I took the ISTQB® Agile Tester Extension certification exam and gladly passed it. I searched on the internet if someone has shared his experience but there wasn’t any post that describes all the steps but I did receive helping comments to achieve this certification.

So I decided to write this post to put the points in one place so you can gain some understanding. I have tried to link to the material or reference that you can browse to get more details. (If you find something invalid or incorrect please don’t hesitate to contact me)

IMP: ISTQB® Agile Tester Extension is different than Certified Agile Tester (CAT) – iSQI – International Software Quality Institute GmbH

OBS! In this post, I have discussed below topics. This post might be long but puts everything in one place.

A. An overview of ISTQB® Agile Tester Extension

  1. What is ISTQB® Agile Tester Extension
  2. Entry criteria
  3. Objectives of Agile Tester Extension Syllabus
  4. Benefits of ISTQB® Agile Tester Extension
  5. Is Agile Tester Extension for you?

B. How to Prepare and Pass the exam

  1. Study material to prepare for exam
  2. How to book an exam
  3. Exam Structure
  4. Exam Tips

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