Explore 'Buy vs. Build' in SAM/ITAM: Strategies, Pitfalls, & Best Practices for Success. Essential insights for optimal IT asset management.


Geoff Worsley


6:00pm - Welcome
6:15pm - Feature Discussion
7:00pm - Light Refreshments and networking
8:30pm - Close


As professionals navigating the complexities of Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT Asset Management (ITAM), we often find ourselves at a crossroads: Should we build our team internally, buy services, or perhaps a blend of both? If you're grappling with these questions, you're in good company.

Join us for an in-depth session where we'll share experiences and insights from years of building toolsets, leveraging managed services from boutique firms to the Big 4, and assembling successful teams.

This event is designed to illuminate the path forward for SAM/ITAM teams, providing clarity amidst the myriad of possible approaches.

What we'll cover:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of buying managed services versus building your team.
  • Real-world insights into the challenges and benefits of engaging with boutique firms and the Big 4.
  • Strategies to avoid common pitfalls such as inefficiencies and resource wastage.
  • Best practices for ramping up, ensuring contract adherence, and maintaining visibility of your environment.
  • The value of boutique specialists for vendor-specific needs and how to engage them effectively.
  • Building your internal team with a focus on your company's unique requirements.

Why this session is a must-attend:

Gain a deeper understanding of "Buy" vs. "Build" strategies and their impact on your SAM/ITAM goals. Navigate the complexities of working with various service providers, ensuring value and minimizing risks. Equip yourself with actionable insights to make informed, tailored decisions for your organisation.

This session promises to be an invaluable opportunity for anyone looking to refine their SAM/ITAM strategy, whether you're contemplating buying, building, or a combination of both.

Save the date: 26th March, 6pm at The HiveWA1, Warrington.

Don't miss out on this chance to enhance your approach to SAM/ITAM and ensure your team is optimally positioned for success. Let's explore the best practices and navigate the pitfalls together, paving the way for a more effective and efficient management of your IT assets.

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

BCS is a membership organisation. If you enjoy this event, please consider joining BCS. You’ll be very welcome. You’ll receive access to many exclusive career development tools, an introduction to a thriving professional community and also help us Make IT Good For Society. Join BCS today

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event, please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.


BCS is following government guidelines, and we would ask attendees to continue to follow these guidelines:
England: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Wales: https://www.gov.wales/coronavirus
Northern Ireland: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland

This event is brought to you by: Service Management and IT Asset Management (SM-ITAM) specialist group

An Evening with a SAM Veteran - Buy, Build or Borrow
Date and time
Tuesday 26 March, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
The Hive WA1
27-31 Sankey Street
This event is sold out