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Tax payers foot the bill for Software Compliance

Although the final settlement figure was reduced from an original US $4.5 million, the unbudgeted cost is still substantial and should stand as a warning sign to other organizations that do not have an effective Software Asset Management (SAM) program in place. For a commercial organization, US $2.3 million in unbudgeted cost would be at best inconvenient.  

What is the true cost of 'free'?

We’re all used to downloading apps onto our phones and tablets – today’s users have the choice to download from millions – 2.2 million on Android and more than 2 million in Apple’s App Store. However licensing them becomes complex when we start to use those said same apps not just for our personal use but in our professional lives.

The Life of a Mobile

Imagine the scenario: it’s Monday morning and you’re starting a new job. Traditionally you’d have ironed a shirt or blouse and polished your shoes to make an impression on your new colleagues. However it’s 2016 and you’re working remotely from home. 

The mobile revolution – PT II

In part II of this III part series, I will explore how SAP are adapting to the world of mobile, and also how the new relationship between SAP and Apple will see SAP make apps tailored for Apple mobile devices.

Proactive Automation

Like many organizations around the word, Snow is increasingly making use of Cloud technologies as part of our everyday business. Some of the applications we use to help run our core business functions are cloud-based and our development and services teams are increasingly turning to virtual and cloud-based resources to stand up test environments, customer proof-of-concept instances and more.

Why SAM is the unofficial #1 priority for a CIO

The exact order of CIO priorities for 2016 and 2017 may differ slightly, depending on which report you choose to read. So why then am I making a case for SAM being the unofficial #1 priority for CIOs?

The Mobile Revolution - PT I

In part I of this III part series, I will explore how the computing world is in a constant state of change. Right now, the greatest shifts are happening in the move from  premise-based applications and infrastructure to SaaS/IaaS platforms together with the acceleraton towards these applications and services being accessed from mobile devices rather than PCs and laptops.  


Magic Quadrant for Software Asset Management

As business professionals and buyers, we want to know that the products and services we are looking at are going to be right for our organization and its needs. The cost of getting it wrong is at best wasted money and at worst career-limiting. The classic example is perhaps the Gartner Magic Quadrant. 

SMB guide to managing Microsoft

Microsoft licensing represents a complicated challenge for any organization. There are so many different technologies, license models and environments to manage and optimize. Add to that the very real threat of an audit or review, and you’ve got yourself a bit of a headache!

Is SAM Winning?

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has today released the figures for its latest annual report on software piracy around the world. The watchdog believes that 39 percent of software used globally is pirated. 



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