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Oracle to meet Campaign for Clear Licensing

The Campaign for Clear Licensing held a Oracle Licensing round table at the Home Office today. The Campaign for Clear Licensing held an Oracle roundtable at the Home Office today. The objective was to discuss issues regarding Oracle licensing and audit behaviour. In attendance today were: Representatives from 3 countries Public and Private Sector Independent SAM practitioners and end user organizations 6... 

Owners of software reseller SHI acquire ITAM tool eTelligent

Thai Lee, CEO of SHI, with Michael Dell in 2012 ITAM service and SaaS tool provider eTelligent has been acquired by StrataScale, sister company to SHI International Corp. Both StrataScale and SHI are led by Thai Lee, who took the helm of SHI in 1989 and grew it into the $5BN IT products and services juggernaut it is today. eTelligent offers a SaaS platform for management of software and hardware assets... 

BSA appoints new President and Chief Executive

Last week, the BSA, the trade group representing software vendors, announced the appointment of Victoria Espinel as its new President and Chief Executive. Under recently departed predecessor Robert Holleyman, the organization grew over several decades, from a tiny office to a major lobbyist and frontline enforcement agency.  Although much of its enforcement has historically been targeted at smaller... 

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

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... 

Gartner MarketScope for the IT Asset Management Repository 2013

Gartner analyst Patricia Adams published a new ‘MarketScope’ for IT Asset Management Repositories last month. View a reprint here. In case my link sets off the Gartner intellectual property fire alarm (as it appears to have done in previous years) you can also view a reprint via this blog post from Jon Hall at BMC). The analysis is split into two parts: an industry synopsis followed by a broad-brush... 

Campaign for Clear Licensing Launched

The ‘Barium Manifesto’ back in December stated the need to ‘Shake things up’ in the software licensing industry and create an industry regulator. We’ve been busy building since then. I’m pleased to share with you that since January we have: Created a legal entity (not-for-profit limited by guarantee) Written a manifesto (Thanks to Kylie Fowler, Rory Canavan and Martin Chalkley for their... 

Inmeta Crayon acquires FAST Limited

Jens Rugseth, CEO of Inmeta Crayon Norwegian licensing reseller and SAM specialist Inmeta Crayon has acquired FAST Limited. InMeta Crayon, with headquarters in Oslo, has presence in Northern Europe, Germany, France and the Middle East. The team has over 600 employees, over 10% of which are said to be ‘SAM Experts’. The company provides licensing, SAM services and consulting and claim that ‘SAM... 

Should the BSA change their tune?

Time to change the record? The BSA and other trade bodies such as FAST and SIIA have traditionally used a ‘Stick’ approach to raise license compliance up the corporate agenda. The CEO going to jail and fines are the usual battle cry (despite no executive responsible for license management going to jail in my knowledge for the last decade). Is it time for the BSA to change their tune? Especially... 

ISACA issues new BYOD audit programmes

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... 

MPs claim zero tax payments by Oracle, Dell, CSC, Xerox, Symantec

Enterprise Software Mega-Vendors Dodging Tax? Some of the biggest names in the UK technology industry have been operating under rather perplexing tax arrangements recently. It appears that Oracle, Xerox, Dell, CSC and Symantec all paid “no corporate tax” in the UK last year. This non-payment is despite the fact that the firms earned what is said to be almost £500m from public-sector IT contracts...