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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.’ Imagine a world where all it took to discover every asset on the network, mobile or server, physical or virtual, was a single click. 

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. 

What is SAM all about?

I regularly get asked the question ‘What is SAM all about?’ Before I answer I always sit back and first consider who’s asking the question? What is their function? What industry are they in? What keeps them awake at night? What are their expectations likely to be? And then respond to their question with an answer that is tailored to the individual, but that ultimately talks about a balanced blend of compliance, audit defence, cost reduction and optimization. 

From Burden to Benefit: IBM's License Metric Tool - PT II

In the final instalment of his two-part blogRuben Claes, PreSales Consultant at Snow, explains why IBM’s License Metric Tool needs to be managed carefully to control compliance risk, and that the key to creating value is to integrate it with all existing SAM processes and technologies Successful organizations have to go through various and distinct steps with ILMT. The first, which I discussed in Part I of my blog, are burden and benefit. 

Determining a Mobile Strategy

Managing a mobile device fleet need not be a large and all-consuming task as long as you plan ahead, and provide tangible benefit and risk assessment for your organization. 

From Burden To Benefit: IBM’s License Metric Tool

In the first of a two-part blog, Ruben Claes, PreSales Consultant at Snow, dispels the commonly held notion that IBM’s mandatory License Metric Tool is an unnecessary drain on IT resources In order to benefit from sub-capacity pricing, an IBM customer is required to deploy IBM’s License Metric Tool (ILMT). ILMT remains the only tool accepted by IBM to obtain sub-capacity eligibility, along with IBM’s commercial equivalents TADd 7.5 and IBM BigFix Inventory 9.2.

What happens to software compliance at the point of a vendor divestiture?

One of the biggest challenges SAM practitioners face is change: Divestitures and how to manage software compliance after a split.

SAP License Optimization

When it comes to SAP licensing, it’s fair to say that the majority of organizations today aren’t exercising either forward-thinking or scrutiny to their spend. Audits and renewals are treated as inevitable and organizations simply wait for them to happen, adopting a ‘do nothing’ approach which ends up translating into millions of dollars of revenue for SAP. Some organizations, however, are starting to buck the trend and apply much greater levels of both proactivity and scrutiny to their ever-increasing SAP expenditure.

Automating License Re-harvesting

Allocated licenses laying unused; potential new users frustrated at the lack of available licenses... A situation we're all familiar with and one that almost certainly needs a more efficient way of working. But how? Could automation provide the answer? Anyone with a decent Software Asset Management (SAM) platform, that includes the ability to monitor software usage and license allocation, will already be able to manually identify opportunities to reclaim unused licenses from across the network. 

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