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How to avoid rookie errors

If you are new to Software Asset Management, and want to avoid rookie errors, here is my brief guide on how to sidestep the more common (and not so common) SAM pitfalls. At every stage, the question you need to ask yourself is: Do I trust the results I am putting before senior management and the rest of the business?

Beyond Compliance towards Cost Containment

SAM enables SaaS and IaaS spend control

As enterprises make the transition to Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), IT professionals face increasing difficulty to manage IT spend. The complexity of licensing models and the shift in purchasing from IT to business units, clouds visibility over IT costs and overspend is inevitable.

Lego or Playmobil – choose your SAM approach

Spend less time building your SAM platform and more time using it

The thing with Software Asset Management is that no organization invests in it for fun. And most are on a strict timeline. Usually there is either a compelling event such as a renewal or audit, or there has been a lightbulb moment that the organization simply can’t continue spending blindly on software and licenses.

SAP Halts Activity on Indirect Access

A temporary hiatus while conflicts are resolved

Almost as soon as Snow’s SAP blog on the challenges of SAP licensing was published, this week SAP has announced it they will cease “sales activities” related to NetWeaver Foundation for 3rd-Party Products. For the time-being this is good news for SAP customers as they will no longer be liable for charge against a particular category of Indirect Usage, namely when using SAP-integrated add-ons via the NetWeaver platform.

SAP Audits – Is it really impossible to accurately determine your financial exposure?

If you don’t effectively manage licenses, you’ll almost definitely be paying over the odds for them

SAP licensing is complicated. License entitlements can be open to interpretation and contract amendments can mean that financial liability for one customer may be very different in comparison to another, even if their usage and requirements are identical. It often depends on what deal was struck at the time of purchase.

2017 Predictions

What's in store in the year ahead?

There is something special about the beginning of a new year, slates are wiped, figures are reset, and suddenly, we are working toward new goals, developing new features, and designing new methods for improving productivity, reducing spend, and staying happy. 

The true cost of AWS

How to keep your cloud costs in check

At one time, building the IT infrastructure and managing the software that runs on it was the sole the responsibility of the IT department. Control was centralized, cost was transparent. But the cloud has changed that. 

77% of Enterprises Have a Missing or Deficient CMDB

Dirty data makes it difficult of impossible to fulfill key processes

We know how reliant business processes and IT operations are on the CMDB. It sits at the heart of provisioning and deployment processes. It supports the monitoring of infrastructure and business services. It supports governance, cost and resource management, and financial operations. 

An introduction to SAP licensing 2

Get on top of your SAP deployment with a full understanding of user licensing

While there are many constants in Software Asset Management (SAM) and Software License Optimization (SLO) best practices, knowing specifics about the licensing schemes of your individual software publishers is essential.

Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 Raises Licensing Questions

Understand the licensing changes - they might significantly impact you

In August 2015 we published a blog commenting on the impact of the newly available Oracle Database 12c Standard Edition 2 (SE2) for existing Oracle Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition 1 (SE1) customers. This is the second edition expanding on what was touched upon in the previous blog.

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