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Gartner Announces software spend predictions

As part of our ongoing review of our content to ensure it is up-to-date, this blog has been updated on 10/18/2016. There are a number of interesting forecasts that further highlight the importance of software asset management and effectively managing software licenses. I will analyze the findings from Gartner's report and explain how this is an important document for software asset management professionals.

ServiceNow Enhances Share of ITSM Market

With ServiceNow last week announcing it had broken the US $1 billion annual revenues mark, it is clear that the hosted ITSM vendor is making great strides towards market domination.  Indeed, the company now claims to have a 25% share of the Global 2000 organizations (ServiceNow claims 556 customers in this sector). It’s a growth that we are seeing reflected in Snow’s customer base.

Windows Server 2016 per-core licensing

Snow PreSales Consultant Robert Stellinga, explores the difficulties faced by organizations when it comes to licensing Windows Server products and what the move to core licensing could mean to Microsoft’s customers. Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2016, due in the third quarter of 2016, will move from a per-processor to a per-core licensing model. 

Adobe Loses Courtroom Battle

David Foxen and Snow’s Adobe Expert Matt Williams look at the recent court case between Adobe and Software Surplus, and what the outcome means for the industry. At the end of December 2015, Adobe took a company called Software Surplus to court in the US over a reported case of copyright and trademark infringement.

What’s behind SAP’s record results?

Software Asset Management Evangelist David Foxen, and Snow Software SAP Expert Brian Skiba look at the recent news from SAP; "license renewals has contributed towards ‘record operating profits.’" On Tuesday January 12, SAP announced record breaking operating profits that have been hugely impacted by an increase in license renewals and cloud technology. 

Snow Predicts for 2016

Having focused our first 2016 Predictions blog on SAM and Software Licensing, our second blog of 2016 predictions asks our Snow Software Asset Management experts to use their crystal ball to predict what the major software vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAP and Adobe will focus on in 2016.

Snow’s SAM Predictions for 2016

In this first blog of 2016, Snow’s SAM experts share some of their predictions for the year ahead in Software Asset Management (SAM) and general software licensing. A second blog looking at specific vendors will follow. Regular Snow blogger and Product Manager, Patrik Burvallsees a greater connection between SAM and security in the coming 12 months.

Isolating Corporate Data on Consumer Devices

Consumer devices have become standard in the enterprise, regardless of how they are provided – by the organization or the employee themselves. This change requires new ways to isolate, manage and secure corporate information and data. One approach is ‘containerization’, in which you place a virtual container on the device separating the organizational data from the employee’s personal information.

The Dream of Complete Asset Discovery

Analyst firm Gartner has recently been referring to six steps of Software Asset Management: Discover, Inventory, Normalize, Reconcile, Optimize and Share.  Over the next few weeks, our SAM experts at Snow will show how Snow’s SAM platform closely mirrors Gartner’s advice on SAM best practices. In part one, Eric Sarnbrink looks at ‘Discover’ and ‘Inventory.’ 

Optimizing SAP for more than licensing

Snow Optimizer for SAP® software is so-named for a very good reason.  It is used by organizations large and small around the world to save millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours by preventing SAP software overspend and make it easy to right-size licenses and license types to actual usage.  But optimization doesn’t end with software licensing. 

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