Options to Oracle — MariaDB named as Gartner challenger

Open source database company MariaDB Corporation has been named as a ‘challenger’ by Gartner in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems (ODBMS). Oracle is not the only fruit: According to Gartner, MariaDB showed strong growth in its ability to execute based on high value that customers derive from MariaDB solutions. The firm was particularly recognised for its ability...

Can iFixit fix it for wasted assets? Yes we can!

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iFixit is a company on a mission — and that mission is to teach the world how to repair everything they own. But says the firm, a successful repair often hinges on consumers and users at every level having access to quality replacement parts. Oh yes… all this work is rigorously tested and backed with a lifetime warranty.  Free image: Wikipedia Simple logic — no part, no repair News...

Taking asset waste management to a new degree

Every professional calling should have a corresponding level of vocational education programmes devoted to ensuring best practice DNA is disseminated throughout each industry field — and, thankfully, asset management is not excluded from this truth. A new degree of hope: go forth and rid us of shoddy recycling & compliance issues my son (Blocksage pictured top left). Liverpool has its course...

Why The Customer Is Always Wrong (In Software License Reviews)

Given the massive shift the IT world is currently experiencing towards more service-focused delivery of all compute resources, it should come as no surprise to find money and profitability channels being openly analysed at this time. Among the sensitivity points today we see that software license reviews have become a standard method of income generation for the major software vendors, according to...

Bring Your Own Trojan Horse: get ready to ‘muck out’

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A new promotional report entitled ‘The BYOD Trojan Horse: Dangerous Mobile App Behaviours & Back-door Security Risks’ suggests that that enterprises are not doing enough to understand which mobile app behaviour(s) hitting their data networks are the most risky. Beware back-door security risks Spin or substance?  Contrived and jointly prepared by Flexera Software and IDC, the spin here is designed...

ICO Fines NHS Surrey Over “Truly Shocking & Disturbing” Data Destruction

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued NHS Surrey with a monetary penalty of £200,000 after more than 3,000 patient records were found on a second hand computer bought through an online auction site. The sensitive information was inadvertently left on the computer and sold by a data destruction company employed by NHS Surrey since March 2010 to wipe and destroy their old computer...

BSA’s “attack dog” tactics need a bone

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Matt Fisher is business development director at software asset management and license management tools company License Dashboard. As an industry spokesperson Fisher has been critical in the past of the BSA’s (BSA | The Software Alliance) so-called “attack dog” tactics, which it has allegedly employed in its fight to champion the cause of intellectual property enforcement. He questions the validity...

Five misconceptions of software licensing

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This contributed piece to the ITAM Review is actually entitled in full — “Five misconceptions of software licensing that prevent CIOs from achieving the cost savings they could” — it comes from Andrew Hillier, CTO and co-founder of CiRBA, a company that makes a capacity transformation and control system for virtual & cloud infrastructures. The bottom line Every CIO has a bottom...

Cutting desktop power usage in the post-Windows XP world

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This is a guest contributed piece to the ITAM Review by Seann Gardiner, EMEA sales director of Dell Software Group. A looming deadline awaits… In the IT world, there is a looming deadline that businesses of all sizes have to face up to. Windows XP is still installed across almost 40 per cent of all PCs in the world, according to statistics from Net Applications released in February 2013. The...

SureCloud delivers BI into governance & risk cloud

SureCloud has brought a business analytics (BI) proposition into its IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution portfolio. The SureCloud platform will now be augmented with a BI tool designed to help organisations gain insight into areas of supply chain risk. NOTE: Auditing the supply chain for risk (or third party/supplier assurance as it is also known) is purported...

Software is more expensive in Australia, but let’s get some perspective

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This is a contributed comment to the ITAM Review written by Filipa Preston, CEO of Software Optimisation Services. The ongoing parliamentary committee investigation into the alleged over-pricing of software in Australia has raised an interesting debate – are Australians being treated unfairly when it comes to the price of software? Australians are more than aware of the premium they pay for many...

What does 2013 have in store for Software Asset Management?

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Andy Fisher examines the Software Asset Management (SAM) landscape on the road ahead and asks what 2013 is likely to bring.  In November 2012, we hosted a seminar for senior management around the future of Software Asset Management. The seminar included speakers from Gartner, Microsoft and PwC and threw up some key trends around what the SAM landscape is likely to look like in 2013. I am keen to share...

Flexera earns its US federal defense stripes

Application Usage Management company Flexera Software has been added to the US Department of Defense (DOD) list of approved providers for IT Asset Management. US federal defense agencies can now use FlexNet Manager Suite to help implement new Software License Optimization provision in the National Defense Authorization Act. As a specialist provider to enterprises and governments, the firm is no doubt...

ISACA issues new BYOD audit programmes

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ISACA has this month released news of more than 40 customisable IT audit/assurance programmes, which have been developed to help IT auditors who are facing increasing challenges brought about by “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trends that occur as part of the so-called consumerisation of technology. NOTE: Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA now goes...

Smart virtual machine licensing for 55% cost saving

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Capacity transformation and control software company CiRBA has launched a new Software License Control System designed to enable organisations to reduce the costs associated with processor-based software licensing. The firm claims to be able to help realise cost savings by an average of 55%. The license control system here works by delivering optimal VM placements for processor-based licensing models...