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Oracle Databases: Which editions are right for you?

Oracle has been a market leader in database technologies for a long time and they would be the first to argue that all databases are not created the same.  For a large part they are correct and many companies rely on an Oracle database back end to keep their company running all of the time.

New research points towards increased software audits

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) released on June 24th, 2014  the results of its annual Global Software Survey (read the BSA’s press release here).  In the report, it estimates that US $62.7 billion worth of commercial software was used illegally around the world in 2013.

An introduction to SAP licensing

While there are many constants in Software Asset Management (SAM) and Software License Optimization (SLO) best practices, having a good working knowledge of your individual software publishers’ licensing schemes is essential. As with our previous blog post on Oracle, SAP has its own rules and, in some ways, its own language. 

SAM Jargon Buster Vol.2 – Oracle mini-guide

As if the general world of Software Asset Management (SAM) and Software Licensing Optimization & Entitlement (SLOE) didn’t already have enough acronyms and buzzwords (check out our initial SAM Jargon Buster from earlier this year  for some of the usual suspects), certain software publishers seem to speak a language all of their own. 

SAP Licensing Compliance – growing complexity with other IT assets

SAP deployments are often managed separately from much of the rest of the IT spending. 

It is not uncommon for the budgeting, oversight and management to be in the hands of an autonomous group. Increasingly, however, the interaction with other applications –bespoke and third-party, cloud and premise-based – are causing SAP licensing compliance issues – witnessed by the growing number of organizations being subjected to (and having to pay out following) audits by the software vendor.  

A more flexible way to manage software licenses

We all know that in a perfect world the management of software licenses would be entirely linear, with every action falling neatly into the correct slot within the required process. But 15 years in the Software Asset Management (SAM) market has also taught us that all-too-often things don’t happen in the linear fashion that users hope for. 

Software Asset Management and the Internet of Things

Technology advances over the last few years means that the number of potentially-connectable ‘things’ are exploding at a huge rate. According to research by ABI research, by 2020 there will be 30 billion devices with wireless internet connectivity. Some people even say this number is conservative. Cisco, for example, predicts this number to be more like 50 billion.

Use your existing SAM investments to help diffuse the XP time-bomb

We’ve all known for some time that Microsoft was finally ending support for Microsoft XP this April. 

But research suggests that many organizations are behind schedule in retiring XP machines or upgrading them to a supported Operating System. Part of the reason for this is that many organizations don’t know how to identify which devices on the network are affected. But contrary to what some might have you believe, you don’t need specialist software to achieve this visibility. 

SWID Tags: What are they and why are they important?

In this blog, we’ll take a quick look at SWID Tags, explaining what they are and why they are important to SAM and software managers.

SAM Jargon Buster

To help you navigate the minefield of TLAs (Three-Letter Acronyms – oops, I did it again…), here’s a rundown of the top 15 acronyms in the SAM world, and what they really mean.

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