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Use S/4HANA to get rid of your SAP shelfware

Why there’s never been a better time to reduce ongoing SAP costs In this blog article I look at opportunities available to SAP customers to significantly reduce their ongoing license costs and explain why now is the best possible time to negotiate.

How SAM assists with Technology Decisions

I was recently contacted by a frustrated Software Asset Manager on social media who found out that their Senior Management team has selected a new Software Asset Management Technology without his consultation. 

$1.2 Trillion spent on Cloud, scoring vendors & too many metrics!

Snow Software is a Premier sponsor at Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management summit for 2016. Tuesday’s focus at the Gartner IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit was an interesting blend of vendor management importance, third party support tactics and real-life challenges organizations are facing with Cloud and SaaS technologies.

 

Mega Vendors, Cloud, and Audits

Snow Software is a Premier sponsor at Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management summit for 2016. The focus for Monday was on mega vendors, Cloud challenges and, of course, software audits, with a number of experts giving their views and opinions on what best practice Software Asset Management should be.

 

Managing the Change from Perpetual to Subscription Licensing

Change Management can help ensure such a change in licensing models and technologies is implemented within the IT Infrastructure with as little disruption as possible. This is just one example of how Change Management can help with Software Asset Management related matters. 

Why a 'Dirty' CMDB is so Bad

Like many areas of IT operations, one of the cornerstones of successful Software Asset Management is having accurate asset data in a central repository. From a SAM perspective, that means discovering and identifying all devices across the target platforms and then accurately identifying the software installed and used on those devices (and, increasingly, the software not on those devices but still consumer by the primary user).

Microsoft Review v Audit

There are two letters that you might receive from Microsoft that will likely make you sit-up and take notice. The first is a request for a ‘Software Asset Management Review’.

Microsoft Enterprise Advantage

Microsoft recently announced that it is introducing a new licensing program called Enterprise Advantage. The new program will be introduced in early 2017. Many IT media outlets suggest that this could signal the end for the existing Enterprise Agreement in the long term.

Mobile Device Enhancements...

Mobile devices are now an integral part of our lives. If we leave our phone or tablet on the kitchen table in the morning, we will almost certainly turn the car around to go back and get it. They are rapidly becoming our go-to device for both work and leisure.

Each new model seems to bring more storage space, processing power and advanced capabilities that were mere ideas just a few short years ago.

Is ISO 19770-2 Effective?

As track records go, the success of standards in Software Asset Management is at best debatable. The original ISO 19770-1 international standard for SAM was first published in 2006 and was updated in 2012. However, eight years after its introduction, to the best of my knowledge, not a single organization has yet been certified as meeting the requirements of the standard. 

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