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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.

Windows 7 Migration & License Management Tools – The Forgotten Resource

Most companies have elected to skip Windows Vista (which will still be supported) and move to a standard Windows 7 build. Of course, they could move straight to Windows 8, but Windows 8 has proven to be too new and too different for many organizations and companies to stomach, so the majority are moving forward with their Windows 7 migrations. 

Avoiding the ‘Garbage In Garbage Out’ trap

In Snow’s development team, we put a lot of effort into creating the best reporting engine, making it easy for stakeholders from across the organization to generate management reports and examine detailed information relevant to their role, whether that be compliance, procurement, network management or business operations

The curse of being a SAM tools vendor

Recently I've spent some time with two of our larger UK customers, both with complex IT estates totalling more than 30,000 devices each. In both cases, the organizations had contracted external SAM teams to assist with the process of establishing a baseline and reconciling software usage against entitlement.

Driving down the Cost of IT with Software License Optimization

According to recent research from IAITAM (the International Association of IT Asset Managers), the number one priority for ITAM in 2014 is to drive down the cost of IT. Hardly new; hardly surprising. But the fact that we see something similar practically every year does suggest that many organizations don’t think they are optimizing their costs.

Software Asset Management for Effective Reputation Management

The costs that arise are nearly always due to the unexpected ‘true up’ organizations incur if they are audited and found to be lacking licenses. In most cases it happens because the user has not understood or tracked their licensing obligations in the first place – a problem compounded by increasing complexity in both licensing terms and IT environments

Overcoming the Obstacles to Successful SAM

They say that life is never simple, and that’s never more apt than for those charged with managing an organization’s software assets and licenses. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking the world was conspiring against successful Software Asset Management (SAM) – what with ever-increasing complexity on the network, new and confusing licensing schemes and a greater diversity in software delivery mechanisms. 

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