The Provance Blog

The Provance Blog will provide you with expert advice, insights and opinions in regard to IT Service Management, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft System Center.  

Simplify Data Import with the Provance Data Management Pack

Maintaining up to date and accurate data is essential to support efficient IT service and asset management. Manual data entry is time consuming, expensive and is prone to data entry errors. Traditional data import into Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 (SCSM) requires several steps and XML coding to import your ...Read More »

Cheat Sheet - Microsoft SAM Optimization Model

Microsoft created the Software Asset Management (SAM) Optimization Model to provide guidance for implementation of a SAM program aligned with the ISO 19770-1 standard. If you are looking for a tactical framework to evaluate your SAM policies without having to interpret and adapt ISO 19770-1, Microsoft SAM Optimization can help. The ...Read More »

Software Asset Management 101

An ongoing Software Asset Management (SAM) program will make it easier to identify your software assets, where they are running, and where you are overlicensed. SAM can help you cut costs, improve security and compliance, as well as anticipate future software needs. See below for a quick primer for ...Read More »

Desktop Total Cost of Ownership - 2011

Gartner revised its previous 2008 Desktop Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for 2011, citing ownership costs ranging from $3,310 to $5,795 depending on how well the systems are managed. The TCO study includes the cost changes from hardware, software labour inputs and end-user costs. The TCO findings are significantly ...Read More »

2011 Partner of the Year SAM Innovation Finalist

  Microsoft’s 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) held in Los Angeles was yet another great Microsoft event, and a great event for Provance! 16,000+ partners attended the event, with a number of great presentations (keynotes can be found here). The Microsoft WPC is an annual gathering for the Microsoft partner community ...Read More »