Microsoft SQL Server License Management Standard

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Back in October 2014 we published a comparison of four SAM tools with Microsoft License Management capabilities (See: Microsoft License Management Group Test – The Results). This previous group test above was based on a questionnaire completed by participating vendors and an online briefing to quiz vendors on their capabilities. For 2016, we would like to take this up a notch by formally benchmarking...

Podcast Episode 19: New licensing body tackles issues directly with software publishers

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In this podcast Martin Thompson of The ITAM Review speaks with Peter Van Uden of Global Software Licensing Specialist Expert Circle. Podcast Topics What is GSLSEC and why was it set up? What is the outcome of this group for end users? Working with Microsoft, VM Ware, Citrix, Oracle and IBM Why don’t software vendors listen to their own customer feedback groups/channel? What sort of cases...

Beginner’s guide to IBM software audits

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Eric Chiu is our go to guy on IBM licensing. In this video I picked his brains on IBM software audits. Subjects covered: Who starts an IBM audit? IBM audit activity levels and key targets IBM sub-capacity – the low hanging fruit for IBM revenue What is sub-capacity? IBM License Measurement Tool (ILMT) The role of Deloitte and KPMG IBM online resources Come and meet Eric and other audit defence...

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...

Mars Inc. sue Oracle over audit tactics

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A mars a day keeps Oracle away The $33BN food giant Mars Inc. took Oracle to court in October. There is a good coverage and analysis by Dave Welch of House of Brick here: http://houseofbrick.com/mars-vs-oracle/ In short: Oracle offered Mars a ‘Review’ Oracle threatened to withdrawal their support contract if Mars didn’t cooperate Use of VMware, the definition of a user and audit tactics were...

CCL report suggests Microsoft stunts its own growth through licensing complexity

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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...

Citrix Licensing Quick Guide 2015

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This licensing quick guide aims to give you a basic understanding of Citrix products, their license types and how to manage Citrix licenses. Citrix have been providing server, application and desktop virtualisation software since 1989. Based out of the USA, they currently have over 300,000 customers around the world. Citrix software borders on the line between being a Tier 1 and Tier 2 software vendor...

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)...

Software Licensing Challenges Faced In The Cloud: How Can The Cloud Benefit You?

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The whole world is now aware that the majority of software vendors are moving towards a cloud based subscription model; and we have published a number of articles looking at the different vendors approaches, and why they are doing this. In the past, there have been some organisations that are not in favour of moving towards a cloud-based model, from purely a licensing perspective, and there are a number...

New York Microsoft Licensing Seminar, October 2015 Review

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The ITAM Review team returned to Baruch College in New York on Wednesday 21st October 2015 for our final event in the US this year, and the last event in our Datacenter series – the US Microsoft Licensing Seminar. The US Microsoft Licensing Seminar was attended by end users, expert speakers, and vendor sponsors Aspera, Flexera Software, Belarc, Miro Consulting, Method180 and 1E. Presentations With...

IBM auditors target compliance revenue per customer – Three strategies to tackle IBM software waste head-on

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IBM audits are being used to prop up license revenue targets – not to protect IP One striking trend we see in modern audit activity is that software audits are NOT about reducing non-compliance. It is right and proper that a company should protect their intellectual property and prevent exploitation. But it is clear from research with the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) that software publishers...

Security and data concerns hinder Microsoft Cloud adoption – London Seminar Review

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Thursday 17th September 2015 saw the ITAM Review return to London for the last in the series of our popular data centre licensing events, this time focusing on the prolific vendor that is Microsoft. 50 end users attended the full day event in Tavistock Square, and the day began with registration, refreshments and an introduction to our event sponsors; Aspera, Flexera Software, Snow Software, Belarc...

Perpetual License Management in a Subscription World

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As we are all aware, the software licensing market is shifting towards a new model, a new way of doing things. This means a number of changes for SAM professionals, organisations and vendors. The biggest change is the way in which software licenses should be managed. Organisations and SAM professionals are getting to grips with the new license models, and are learning all the time. The likes of Office...

Managing Vendor Audits: How to Avoid Getting Lost in the Enterprise IT Abyss

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Walker White By Walker White, President, BDNA Today’s enterprises are balancing a dynamic IT portfolio, from cloud infrastructure and BYOD to a network of apps and even IoT devices. This complex array of assets makes it critical for enterprises to accurately track their IT portfolio, or face the real threat of a vendor audit. Without an accurate accounting of software licenses, danger is hidden in...

65% have no solution in place for managing Microsoft SQL Server

In a preview of upcoming CCL research: 65% of respondents had no solution in place for managing Microsoft SQL Server. A considerable risk given the amount of money and strategic value to most companies.
In a preview of upcoming CCL research: 65% of respondents had no solution in place for managing Microsoft SQL Server. A considerable risk given the amount of money and strategic value to most companies. We recently asked The ITAM Review community for feedback on Microsoft Licensing to support research with The Campaign for Clear Licensing. This is an early preview of the results so far. Thank you very...