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Upgrading to Windows Server 2016

How changes in Microsoft's licensing might affect you

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

Revealing hidden costs of cloud services

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. 

How to License Microsoft in Citrix

Citrix is complex - don't get caught out on licensing rules

Licensing Microsoft applications in environments like Citrix is one of the biggest ‘gotchas’ that Microsoft customers and Software Asset Managers face. We often see that organizations misinterpret the licensing rules resulting in overspend or non-compliance, two positions you do not want to be in.

Adobe Upgrade Simplified

Changes now focus on users not devices

In 2013 Adobe released a statement indicating that they will no longer be selling perpetual software. Instead, it was to release something called Creative Cloud and move the license model from device to subscription user with regular updates and storage from the Cloud. 

Managing Mobile Device Usage Agreements

Time to take a second look at your company policy on mobile use

How do you relate to your mobile phone? Greg BaylisSnow’s Mobility Expert and I were discussing this just the other day and acknowledged that users have a completely different mindset towards their phones than they do to their computers.

Remove Blind Spots From your Network

Know your unknowns

If you’re a CIO or an Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) professional, you don’t need me to tell you how complex and dynamic your network is. And even though you probably don’t know where they are, you’ll be aware that you have blind spots on the network. Can you answer with confidence that you know?

Self-Fund your SAM Program

Thanks in no small part to the confusion between Software Asset Management and compliance, SAM programs are often seen by some less-enlightened stakeholders as a necessary evil. A program that increases operational costs without driving tangible business benefits.  A grudge spend, if you like.

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.

 

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