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Lesser Known Microsoft Licensing Challenges

Customers of Microsoft face a number of challenges with Microsoft licensing. However, there are a number of challenges that organisations may not be aware of that also need attention and the correct management. In this article we will go over a few of the lesser known Microsoft challenges that are currently faced by organisations in todays climate. Microsoft Products on Mobile Devices Portable device... 

Software Licensing in Academic Environments

Software licensing for academic environments is different to corporate organisations as vendors want young people to use their software from an early age. They believe that this will lead to future usage or sales in the future as the user has been using the software since they were young. Another reason for the difference in price is due to the fact that academic institutions will buy software in... 

The Number One Mistake in Purchasing Microsoft Cloud

By Paul DeGroot Pica Communications Microsoft sales teams have an impressive record in talking customers into purchasing cloud subscriptions that they don’t need. A Microsoft account manager says they just want the best for the customer, everyone is going to the cloud, on-premises software is going away, and bingo, a big fat signature appears on the contract as the customer swallows the... 

Gambling on Microsoft Custom Support for Windows Server 2003

This article was contributed by Paul DeGroot, Principal Consultant at Pica Communications. Paul DeGroot Paul DeGroot is one of the world’s leading experts on Microsoft licensing principles, policies, and strategies. He led the licensing practice at Directions on Microsoft, and subsequently formed Pica Communications, LLC to deliver exceptional insight into Microsoft licensing for audiences... 

Microsoft Licensing – focus on the money [Video]

In this video SAM industry veteran Christof Beaupoil, President and Co-Founder at Aspera Technologies, shares his experience with Microsoft Licensing. Christof’s insights include: The biggest differences between US and European SAM The two biggest lies in License Management Pearls of wisdom when working with Microsoft Licensing The biggest risk with Microsoft Licensing Advice to SAM newbies Aspera... 

Understanding the Microsoft Licensing Statement

This article was contributed by Paul DeGroot, Principal Consultant at Pica Communications. The Microsoft Licensing Statement (MLS) is a critical document for managing Microsoft software assets, but it’s poorly understood and Microsoft account teams may sometimes withhold an MLS from customers who need it. Ensuring that this document is accurate and up to date is essential to compliance. Built... 

Salesforce.com Licensing Quick Guide 2015

‘Salesforce.com licenses are nowhere near as complex as some vendors, but they still need active management to ensure compliancy.’ Compared to the likes of Oracle, SAP, IBM, Microsoft and Adobe, salesforce.com licensing is reasonably simple to understand and manage. With that said, there are still opportunities for salesforce.com customers to utilise their licenses and make cost savings. This... 

Prioritising your Software Licensing Risks

Introduction All organisations face risks with their software licenses. Some enterprise organisations will have hundreds of thousands of different applications and thousands of different software vendors installed within their environment. It is therefore unrealistic to make the ITAM or SAM team address all of the risks associated with the vendors and software installed within the environment. Organisations... 

Software Ownership: Who should ‘Own’ software licenses within an organisation?

‘It is important to remember that no single person, department or organisation actually ‘owns’ any piece of software’ Software license ownership is a common talking point within organisations. Who owns the license, or who has taken responsibility for ‘ownership’? It may be the case that nobody has been made responsible, or that there isn’t a dedicated and well communicated software... 

What happens when your Subscription License ends?

Reaching the end of an agreement Subscription licensing is a hot topic within the SAM (software asset management) world at the moment, with a number of organisations dipping their toes into the unknown waters of non-perpetual licensing. But what should you expect to happen once your subscription agreement comes to an end and you don’t want to renew? Or, if you do want to renew, how should you manage...