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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. And, of course, if your organization is a customer of one of these vendors (there are many more than the big four mentioned above) - they’re going to be breathing down your neck making it just as stressful a time for you. Santa Claus is coming to town – but an Audit Clause might be even closer!

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.

Autodesk Licensing Explained

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

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.

Cloud Spend Up 23%

The evolution to Cloud is changing, or I would even go as far to say that it has changed the way vendors deliver software and services. The model has shifted the cost of software from the balance sheet to profit and loss. And users are getting accustomed to the operational flexibility provided by ubiquitous access to information and working tools.

Practical Software Audit Defense: Pt II

In part one we focused on the initial steps required when responding to a software audit demand. In part two we explain how you can effectively manage a vendor review and what you should do at the conclusion of a vendor audit.

Practical Software Audit Defense: Pt I

Software Audits have been a challenge for organizations for years – whether from software publishers themselves, through their auditing partners such as Deloitte and KPMG, or the number of industry watchdogs around the world such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) or the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

Upgrading to Windows Server 2016

As we are sure you are aware Microsoft has moved Windows Server licensing from per-processor to per-core. We first spoke about this change in a blog back in January of this year. This will be a big change for Windows Server customers with a very high risk that the migration process from processor to core will result in either over-spending or under-licensing challenges.

The true cost of Azure

Cloud services provide infrastructure and software more or less at the click of a button, with scalability to match your ever-changing business needs. In short, what organizations get is flexibility. But there’s a price to be paid. At the outset, the seamless, worry-free flexibility that cloud service vendors and their easy-to-use web portals offer might seem like good value. But without visibility, control and awareness of ever-changing pricing and licensing models, your business is likely already overspending.

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