Top Six Priority Skills for IT Asset Management Leaders - Slide 5

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As ITAM changes from an inventory management function to a more strategic financial management role, it must develop financial awareness. The role of ITAM is to assist in determining business value by providing the cost analysis and asset-related financial data required to support the business in its decision-making process, and ITAM staff must have the necessary skills to deliver these. They must understand the basic principles of financial management and work with finance to carry out financial analysis and develop financial models. They will also need an awareness of accounting standards where they are relevant to, and impact on, ITAM.

IT asset management (ITAM) is driving both increased demand for existing skills and a new requirement for augmented financial, commercial and legal skills, according to Gartner, Inc.

Gartner has identified six skills that are considered priority skills for ITAM leaders. Because the ITAM discipline is embedded across all aspects of IT and is part of everyday IT activity, communication skills (including the ability to negotiate organizational politics) should be the top priority when recruiting for ITAM. These skills are followed in importance first by the analytical (technical) skills needed to interpret the data and provide reporting to stakeholders, and then by the administrative skills to manage both the data and process compliance.

"Good communicators are often good negotiators, and effective communication skills will ensure that ITAM can build the important relationships with the finance, legal, procurement and technical specialists (such as enterprise architects) required for an effective ITAM team," said Victoria Barber, research director at Gartner. "To meet future challenges, ITAM requires solid skills and experience in these key disciplines, and will need to strengthen its relationship with specialist teams. Critical to ITAM's ongoing success is effectively leveraging existing cross-silo expertise (for example, that of finance, legal and procurement) to ensure active engagement and collaboration with ITAM."


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