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2017 Predictions

What's in store in the year ahead?

There is something special about the beginning of a new year, slates are wiped, figures are reset, and suddenly, we are working toward new goals, developing new features, and designing new methods for improving productivity, reducing spend, and staying happy. 

The true cost of AWS

How to keep your cloud costs in check

At one time, building the IT infrastructure and managing the software that runs on it was the sole the responsibility of the IT department. Control was centralized, cost was transparent. But the cloud has changed that. 

77% of Enterprises Have a Missing or Deficient CMDB

Dirty data makes it difficult of impossible to fulfill key processes

We know how reliant business processes and IT operations are on the CMDB. It sits at the heart of provisioning and deployment processes. It supports the monitoring of infrastructure and business services. It supports governance, cost and resource management, and financial operations. 

An introduction to SAP licensing 2

Get on top of your SAP deployment with a full understanding of user licensing

While there are many constants in Software Asset Management (SAM) and Software License Optimization (SLO) best practices, knowing specifics about the licensing schemes of your individual software publishers is essential.

Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 Raises Licensing Questions

Understand the licensing changes - they might significantly impact you

In August 2015 we published a blog commenting on the impact of the newly available Oracle Database 12c Standard Edition 2 (SE2) for existing Oracle Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition 1 (SE1) customers. This is the second edition expanding on what was touched upon in the previous blog.

Pumping life into your CMDB

Poor data will hinder you - discover how to get a detailed and accurate CMDB

A CMDB that can deliver speed and agility to the organization it reflects: that’s the dream. But according to multiple research projects, the majority of organizations fail to achieve that dream, usually due to poor data.

‘Tis the Season to be Audited

Vendors' fiscal year end heightens their audit activity

December 31 is fast approaching, and not only is it the end of the calendar year for most people across the globe, it also marks the fiscal year end for a number of major software vendors- including SAP, IBM, VMware and Citrix. 

Why do organizations need to manage Admin Rights?

How Software Asset Management can limit significant risk to the business

Ask any organization if it grants local admin rights to users for their machines, the response is likely to be mixed. Knowing the damage it can cause, some may respond in horror – a reaction that is often based on previous experience. Or, simply that IT policy has always reserved admin rights for the Service Desk.

Autodesk Licensing Explained

What you need to know to stay compliant

Autodesk is a large software vendor that provides over two hundred different software titles to many different industry segments including architecture, engineering, and media and entertainment. Autodesk’s flagship is AutoCAD, a family of products used, for example, in the animation engines for popular PC and console computer games.

Greater Choice for Mobile Technologies

Limit the risks of incompliance for mobile apps through active management of the mobile estate

Crowded and mature, that’s today’s market for smartphones and mobile devices. Apple and Samsung are assured leaders but others such as Sony and Microsoft have equally good brand recognition and strong offerings. Giving consumers and businesses the choice between handsets and operating systems leads to healthy competition and continual development of features and functionality.

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