ServiceNow & ITAM (Azure, ServiceNow Plug-ins call for participants)

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Cloud Management – How management of Azure fits within the ServiceNow portfolio (CLICK TO ENLARGE) ServiceNow adds management of Azure Yesterday, ServiceNow announced support for Microsoft Azure within their cloud management platform. This is incremental to existing coverage for Amazon and VMware web services and applies to ServiceNow customers owning the ‘ServiceWatch’ suite and orchestration...

Publisher tool certifications and SAM tool selection

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Oracle and IBM tool verification – a club nobody can join During my current review of 10 SAM Tools for large enterprises – the issue of publisher certification has been raised. This is when a software publisher gives their blessing for the quality of data or output from a SAM tool. See the original call for participants here. This article provides an independent opinion on the matter and...

ITAM Review Excellence Awards 2016

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Request for Nominations – 2016 Excellence Awards   Which companies, products, services or individuals are leading and pushing the industry forward in 2016?   Back for our second year in support of Sebastian’s Action Trust, The ITAM Review Excellence Awards celebrates the achievements of the true pioneers in the ITAM industry. We’re looking to shine a light on ITAM professionals, service...

Beware Secondary Software FUD

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SAM tool vendor Snow Software reports that Adobe has lost a case of reselling secondary software in the USA that has good implications for the US secondary software market. See: Adobe loses courtroom battle. It is great to see Snow Software (ITAM Review Tool Provider of the Year 2015 as voted for by customers) joining their ITAM industry peers such as Flexera Software in creating a useful blog with...

ITAM industry feedback sought for new version of ISO/IEC 19770-1

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A third version of the ISO standard for SAM is being developed. This article provides an overview of updates and how you can review the latest drafts and provide your feedback. If you have any questions please contact me.  New ISO/IEC 19770-1 Draft Updates David Bicket David Bicket of m-Assure writes:  The ISO SAM process standard is being revised to cover full ITAM and to integrate with the standards...

CCL report suggests Microsoft stunts its own growth through licensing complexity

Microsoft stunts its own growth through licensing complexity
The Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) has today published a white paper that suggests that Microsoft stunts its own growth through licensing complexity. The paper collates feedback from over 100 worldwide Microsoft customers on their concerns and challenges with software licensing and recommends five recommendations for positive change. Executive Summary – Microsoft stunts its own growth through...

TmaxSoft licensing model adheres to the Campaign for Clear Licensing Code of Conduct

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TmaxSoft – Licensing clarity as competitive edge and a healthy alternative to Oracle TmaxSoft’s Tibero RDBMS licensing model is the first software publisher to be verified by the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL). In summary: TmaxSoft’s licensing program is clear and easy to understand TmaxSoft have amended their terms and conditions to adhere to the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL)...

It is time to Talk (Talk) Security

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It seems with each passing day; we see another story of a cyber security breach. After doing some research, I found that each day, we, in fact, have nearly two. In research published by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), since 2005, there have been a total of 5029 breaches, and of that number, 34.3% directed at the business sector. Of the total, 29% happened as a result of a hack. Of course,...

TalkTalk shares down 9% after cyber attack – could ITAM help with Cyber Security?

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Dido Harding, the CEO of publicly listed Telco TalkTalk, faces the grim prospect of her company’s reputation and share price taking a nosedive today. The share price (at time of writing) is down 9% and the BBC report that TalkTalk customers are likely to be ‘vulnerable and panicky’. TalkTalk shares down 9% #cyberattack — Kamal Ahmed (@bbckamal) October 23, 2015 An unverified statement...

Campaign for Clear Licensing Progress Report – Dialogue with European Parliament

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This is a quick update on progress with the Campaign for Clear Licensing. CCL joins forces with FIE Firstly, I am very pleased to announce a strategic alliance between the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) and Free ICT Europe. CCL (a not for profit providing an independent voice for software buyers) has joined forces with Free ICT Europe (a not for profit promoting the secondary ICT market within...

Nominees Announced for The ITAM Review Excellence Awards

Nominees announced for ITAM Review excellence awards
Nominees announced for ITAM Review excellence awards The IT Management discipline of IT Asset Management (ITAM) is today more critical than ever as organisations seek to maximize returns and minimize risks on IT spend. ITAM today means meeting compliance requirements, financial transparency, efficient IT procurement and enabling IT teams to be as agile and responsive as possible via accurate ITAM business...

Microsoft’s move to Subscription and SaaS

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Microsoft were one of the first ‘mega vendors’ to move towards a subscription cloud modelling of licensing metrics. The introduction of Office 365 (O365 for the purpose of this article) took Microsoft software in a new, unchartered direction. So, why have Microsoft moved towards this licensing metric, why are they moving their operating system to a subscription model, and what does the future...

Audits are getting out of hand

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In this video: What I learnt at the IBM & SAP Seminar in London last week The state of audits in the software industry An update on Campaign for Clear Licensing activity Support the Campaign and supercharge your licensing knowledge by joining our events in New York next week: www.itassetmanagement.net/events

March ITAM News Roundup

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News Amazon Cloud to offer unlimited cloud storage (Computer Weekly) – Who doesn’t like unlimited stuff? Even if it is unlimited cloud storage which-you-don’t-even-know-where-your-documents-are-stored! Computer Weekly are reporting that Amazon are to offer unlimited cloud storage in response to competitors such as Dropbox, Google and Microsoft. The article states “The first plan allows users...

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...