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Adobe Licensing Quick Guide 2014

This Quick Guide is available in PDF format – simply subscribe to our free newsletter to receive a free copy instantly.  Adobe has made a number of changes to its licensing structures over the past year. The aim of this quick guide is to provide insight into Adobe’s new licensing model. The guide will not make you an Adobe licensing expert, but it will hopefully provide you with enough knowledge... 

Attachmate sue Mobistar for $6M

Mobistar is a Belgian Telco. owned by Orange. We’ve received a tip off that the software publisher Attachmate is suing Mobistar, a Belgian telecommunications company. It is alleged that Attachmate is claiming 4.5 million Euros (around 6.12M $USD or 3.57M £GBP) for alleged illegal use of a product called ‘ReflectionX’. The dispute is said to have originated from an onsite audit by Deloitte and... 

2014 Salary Survey Results

Thank you to everyone that participated in the reader survey last month. I’m pleased to share the results below based on 233 participants. Key talking points Growing integration with ITSM away from finance Clear gender divide in average salaries and significant differences by type of company and country Experience in the field wins Software licensing and SAM are key worldwide hiring priorities Skills... 

Oracle License Management Tools Group Test – The Results

This is an independent review and comparison of specialist tools for managing Oracle licensing. Solutions reviewed: Easytrust Flexera Software HP Lime Software Snow Software How are Oracle databases configured?  Whilst Oracle has hundreds of product lines, ITAM Review readers told us that the proliferation of Oracle databases and their configuration was a key concern. It should also be noted that... 

Can I sell my surplus software licenses?

I’m writing this blog following recent news of a dispute between Microsoft and second-hand licensing specialist Discount Licensing. In particular, I’m keen to publish an independent message in light of the nonsense being stated by FAST in the press over the last few days. I’ve covered the common questions that crop up when discussing second-hand software – if you have any others or... 

SAM MSP Group Test – The Results

I am pleased to announce my report on SAM Managed Service Providers (MSP) is now available. Download the full report here: (registration required) http://download.itassetmanagement.net/sam-msp/ A competitive comparison of specialist SAM providers An independent review of leading worldwide SAM Managed Service Providers This group test looks at the capabilities of six leading SAM Managed Service Providers:... 

Process of the Month – Software Rationalisation Process

Assign a status of Red (to be removed), Amber (can stay for now) and Green (preferred) Following on from last month’s process of Maintaining a Supported Software Catalogue, we have another process that seemingly appears inconsequential but again, can add great value to the business – and that is the Process of Software Rationalisation. Having assigned a status of Red (to be removed), Amber (can... 

Podcast: Oracle License Management

This is our first foray into Podcasting, so forgive me if it’s a bit rough around the edges. In this session we delve into Oracle, Oracle Licensing and Oracle License Management. Thanks very much to our guests and Oracle experts: Piaras MacDonnell, Craig Guarente and Richard Spithoven (their full contact details are below). We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it. Discussion... 

2013: A Year in ITAM Review

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As 2013 begins to draw to a close, I thought it would be nice to finish off the year with a final article that’s an overview of what has happened at the ITAM Review over the last 12 months.  That’s right, this will be our last post for 2013 because the entire team is heading off to fill their faces with mince pies and sherry. But don’t worry we’ll be back... 

Navigating the cloud: Why SAM is more important than ever

BSA/Anglepoint “Is SAM still necessary if a company moves to the cloud? The answer is an unequivocal yes” In 2011 we conducted some research into ‘ITAM in the Cloud’ with Victoria Barber from Gartner. At the time, ITAM Review readers were telling us: a)   For the most part Cloud contracts had not quite hit their desk and scope of remit… b)   …But they were expected it to do...