Author of the Month: Jan Øberg


Can you give a short introduction of yourself? 

I see myself as a practical guy who has dedicated myself to helping organizations and teams to manage their daily lives by focusing on structure, flexibility, and control. Break down the silos, and the complexity to make an easy life by doing the right things at the right time. That why I work with processes and maturity.

What do you think the future of this industry will look like? 

I thing the IT would be easier to work with as a specialist – hereby I mean easier to configure and setup IT but it would be more and more difficult to manage and control the IT because of its complexity. There will be more and more request for automations and services and there will be more needs for control elements to manage this complexity. There will at the same time produce a greater and greater vulnerability that someone, not invited, will try to exploit to their own advantage. So, there will be greater focus on threats and risks and how to avoid them.

Which title(s) have you made with us? 

In 2020 I published the ITAM Foundation workbook which have focus on the IT Asset Management area. We also introduced through VanHaren course books to support the implementation of IT Asset Management – this covers IT Asset Management Foundation, IT Software Asset Management and IT Hardware Asset Management course books and certification. 

Why did you start writing about this subject?

I started to write on this subject because something was missing – organisations is very good to keep control of the Assets but not theire IT Assets – do not ask why.

Because of the increassed complexity and the evolution of IT there is a more and more need to keep the IT controlled and managed. There are som many dependencies between IT Assets to deliver the IT Services to the business and at the same time there is also a increased need to protect the services but it is not possible to protect somthing you dont know you have or you dont know where are. At the same time IT will have a big impact on the business operation and this include a business and financial risk – so keep  in control.

What genres do you like to read in your free time?

Books are very important to me but not professional books. In my free time there is more focus on novels and easy to read books where is possible to set the mind free and just surf on the wave. I have always been fascinated on how authors could tell a good story and bring me on board in their fantasy world.

What did you study? Or was it your career that put you on the path of authorship?

Authorship has always fascinated me but have never been a ambition and still isn’t. Fore me it more about sharing knowledge and thoughts and try to inspire other people so it’s possible to have a dialogue and more inspiration.

What skills that you possess now would you have liked to learn in school? 

I have a mantra “I need to learn a new thing every day” – I think the best thing I got with me from my school time was a teacher  who said – You can not leard all you need by going at the school but you life will be a big long learning process, you have to learn when you need it otherwise it will be a waste.

What is the best book you’ve ever read? 

This is a difficult question because there is so many good books out there and it is difficult to take one out. I would rather focus on some of the best authors which really could tell a good story.

Leon Uris – a great story teller which is eminent to mix fiction and real history e.g. Exedus
Ken Follet – The pillars of the earth.

What did writing a book bring you? 

The positive feedback and the possiblity to get in touch with people and share ideas and knowledge.

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