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Virtualization Management in the Datacenter

In my previous blog I discussed the business need for flexibility when resourcing datacenters and how changes to hardware can facilitate this. Utilizing virtualization technologies in the datacenter enables even greater flexibility. New virtual machines can be spun up within a matter of minutes for whatever purpose. 

Winning Senior Management Support

Imagine you have been given the challenge of implementing a Software Asset Management program. You have been assigned the responsibility of building a SAM strategy, addressing potential SAM processes that can deliver a tangible benefit to the organization and looking at SAM technologies.

Making light work of an audit

Software audits have become an inevitability, but how ready are you to deal with one? As sure as there’s software, there’ll be audits. And given that software can account for more than a third of an organization’s IT spend, software auditing has become big business.

Managing Licensing Complexities in the Datacenter

Enterprise software licensing has had to evolve as datacenter solutions have matured. The technologies available to run and manage datacenters are extremely advanced, enabling resources to be adapted rapidly to suit business needs.

Microsoft “kills” Software Asset Management?

Software giant Microsoft has announced that they are to retire 12 partner competencies over the next 18 months, including Software Asset Management. The move has caused something of a stir in the SAM world, with some commenting that Microsoft no longer cares about Software Asset Management and that it sees Cloud as the answer to all licensing ills. 

Taking a new view on Software Asset Management

At Snow, we believe that the entire organization should be empowered to contribute towards effective Software Asset Management. We call this concept 4th Generation SAM and a key to achieving it is making the right SAM intelligence available to everyone that needs it, and then giving all IT stakeholders (including the end users themselves) the tools to take charge of their own software needs within the organization’s overall SAM function.

The SAP® INDIRECT USAGE TIME BOMB - PT III

In part III of this III part series, I will embark on a negotiation process with SAP that is not necessarily the most fun experience you can imagine when contemplating your working week. The goal is to shift the relationship from one in which it might feel like SAP is dictating the compliance terms to a discussion where both sides of the table can achieve a decent outcome that meets their long-term objectives. 

Why centralize license management?

Having a centralized license management function plays a large part in ensuring total visibility of the software licensing landscape. In this blog, I will look at the challenges encountered with a decentralized license management structure, and the arguments for moving the management of software licenses to a central solution.

Why your SAM program needs a PR makeover

The same basic principles apply to Software Asset Management. We’re not talking about the “Why you should buy Snow over SAM solution x,” kind of scenario, but how good marketing is critical to your SAM program. This may be something you hadn't thought of until now, so here are some basic steps towards the successful adoption of SAM across your organization.  

The SAP® Indirect Usage Time Bomb - PT II

In my first blog post of this three part series, I explained the concept of Indirect Usage. Why it is a significant financial risk to organizations and provided an overview of how to gain control of it. Here I explore Indirect Usage in further detail and provide practical steps to ascertain a full picture ready for contract re-negotiation and license audits.

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