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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 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 2

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. This is the second edition expanding on what was touched upon in the previous blog.

Pumping life into your 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

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?

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.

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