IBM's IASP Program: Fact or Fiction?

Originally Aired: June 23rd, 2020 Now Your Desk!

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You may have heard about IBM’s latest audit alternative: the IBM Authorized SAM Provider (IASP) program. In this session, former IBM auditor Jared Frehner will provide an objective look at the facts and help weigh out the pros and cons. He will provide insights into what the program does and does not provide, and highlight where it excels, and where it has shortcomings. We’ll have time for Q&A as well to make sure we answer any of your questions.

Key learning objectives:

  • Why IASP benefits IBM and not the customer
  • How the IASP shifts information control towards IBM
  • Why IASP does NOT replace your need for a proper SAM program


Jared Frehner

Jared Frehner

Senior Manager, Compliance Services

Jared joined ClearEdge Partners Compliance team after ten years at KPMG, where he served as a leader on IBM software audits. For two of those years, Jared was posted at KPMG’s Brazil office, where he established and grew the firm’s SAM and software audit practice. Prior to KPMG, he worked as an accountant at Rio Tinto. He is an IBM ILMT V9 Certified Deployment Professional, a Certified Flexera FNMS Operations Consultant, and a graduate of Brigham Young University (BS, Accounting). Jared is based in Salt Lake City.

Eugene Cho

Eugene Cho

Senior Analyst

Eugene leads the company’s Transactional Software and IBM Practices. In this role, he helps clients negotiate strong ad hoc software engagements, and structure advantageous multi-year deals with IBM by providing insight into the vendor’s sales strategy. Prior to ClearEdge, Eugene worked at MindStream Analytics (an Oracle partner) for 18 months in Professional Services, guiding customers through software installation, implementation and product training. He holds B.A. in Mathematics and Sociology from Dartmouth University.