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VMware Can Cost You - Learn to Spot the 'Gotchas'

Significant recent changes at VMware, including Dell’s acquisition of VMware’s parent company, EMC, have led to a shift in the way VMware licenses and sells its software. IT leaders and Software Asset Management (SAM) professionals must integrate these changes and VMware’s overall licensing approach into their SAM program to reduce risk and meet their goals of effective compliance and license optimization.

Beyond Compliance toward Cost Containment

As enterprises make the transition to Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), IT professionals face increasing difficulty to manage IT spend. The complexity of licensing models and the shift in purchasing from IT to business units, clouds visibility over IT costs and overspend is inevitable.

Lego or Playmobil – choose your SAM approach

The thing with Software Asset Management is that no organization invests in it for fun. And most are on a strict timeline. Usually there is either a compelling event such as a renewal or audit, or there has been a lightbulb moment that the organization simply can’t continue spending blindly on software and licenses.

SAP Halts Activity on Indirect Usage

Almost as soon as Snow’s SAP blog on the challenges of SAP licensing was published, this week SAP has announced it they will cease “sales activities” related to NetWeaver Foundation for 3rd-Party Products. For the time-being this is good news for SAP customers as they will no longer be liable for charge against a particular category of Indirect Usage, namely when using SAP-integrated add-ons via the NetWeaver platform.

SAP Audits – Is it really impossible to accurately determine your financial exposure?

SAP licensing is complicated. License entitlements can be open to interpretation and contract amendments can mean that financial liability for one customer may be very different in comparison to another, even if their usage and requirements are identical. It often depends on what deal was struck at the time of purchase.

2017 Predictions

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 new year is a good opportunity to look forward, both from a business and a personal perspective, to pre-empt the shifts and transformations on the horizon, to be able to manage change effectively.

The true cost of AWS

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

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

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

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.

The blog remains popular with our readers so we have updated it to include the facts we now know. SE2 is essentially a replacement of SE and SE1. Customers can no longer purchase these two legacy versions. However, the licensing changes included in SE2 will have significant implications for some customers.

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