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September ITAM News Round Up

September News Round Up It’s been a reasonably busy month in the world of ITAM for September, with the biggest news coming from Oracle. The ITAM Review have also had a busy month with a number of new articles and events news! September news: Microsoft to stop Office365 On demand services It has been confirmed that Microsoft are stopping the On Demand services for business users of Office 365 from... 

BSA reports $60 billion worth of unlicensed software

42% of end users are unaware of software or SAM policies within their organisation This morning (24/06/2014) the Business Software Alliance (BSA) announced the results of their Global Software Survey. Security threats is the number one reason NOT to use unlicensed software The number one reason for not using unlicensed software was the security risks. Using unlicensed software leaves the organisation... 

BSA Fines Engineering Design Company over £30k

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has found an engineering design company to be non-compliant on Autodesk software, resulting in a payout of over £30k. Project Options Ltd Project Options Ltd are the organisation in question and they were found to have unlicensed Autodesk software on their estate, something the BSA found after a confidential online report was submitted through their website. They... 

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... 

Adobe Creative Cloud News! Ding Ding!

Adobe has taken a small step back in successfully annoying all of its customers by offering the chance to install older versions of the software via the new ‘Creative Cloud Desktop’ application. Adobe has released the information as part of its new release notes dated 27/05/2014, which clearly state ‘You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop’. What... 

Samanage announces Automatic Warranty Management feature

Samanage, the cloud based IT service desk and asset management solution has announced a number of new features to their solution, including a new Automatic Warranty Management feature. Automatic Warranty Management The new automatic warranty feature will enable users to manage their assets warranty lifecycle. In addition to the Lenovo, HP and Dell warranty information that Samanage already manages,... 

Microsoft to withdraw a number of qualifications and exams

Microsoft has announced that it is to withdraw a number of Microsoft qualifications and exams being by the end of July 2014. What qualifications are being withdrawn? The MCITP qualification is being phased out, with the majority of MCITP qualifications being withdrawn. The MCITP qualification relates to older Microsoft technologies, which are no longer relevant due to new Microsoft technologies being... 

Snow Software acquire SAP specialist to boost datacentre SAM

Independent assessment of Snow License Manager V6 We were commissioned to review Snow Software’s License Manager in March this year. You can download a copy of the review here. Our review identified that Snow has built a reputation for SAM in desktop environments and has been developing features to address datacentre requirements. However it was noted that SAP capabilities were absent: “Whilst... 

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...