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How to license Microsoft Office on the iPad

Microsoft Office licensing on the iPad – easier than ever In an innovative – and potentially disruptive move – Microsoft will make the licensing of the recently released ‘Microsoft Office for iPad’ easier than ever. The move is a response to critics of Microsoft’s Licensing Models who argue that calculating compliance with Microsoft is complex and unnecessarily costly for the majority... 

Campaign for Clean Licensing – A Breath of Fresh Air?

John Lovelock This article has been contributed by John Lovelock (independent consultant).  UK centric organisation the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has been in operation for almost 30 years this April 2014 along with other more international organisations such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) all concerned that the... 

Software Audit Code of Conduct [DRAFT]

This code of conduct from the Campaign for Clear Licensing is a first draft. Please leave your comments or contact me to discuss any suggested edits or feedback. Thanks in advance for your help. ~ Martin Thanks to Rory Canavan, Glenn Thompson, Martin Chalkley, David Foxen and Kylie Fowler for helping put together this first draft. Preface – Current Market Observations Technology exists within... 

Can I sell my surplus software licenses?

I’m writing this blog following recent news of a dispute between Microsoft and second-hand licensing specialist Discount Licensing. In particular, I’m keen to publish an independent message in light of the nonsense being stated by FAST in the press over the last few days. I’ve covered the common questions that crop up when discussing second-hand software – if you have any others or... 

Why Oracle License Management requires a different approach

Avoid unnecessary costs Oracle is a key software publisher in the datacentre and for many organizations represents a large proportion of their software spend and an essential part of their IT infrastructure. Taking the right approach to Oracle licensing is vital; a poorly managed estate can expose a company to significant risk of audit and financial exposure. An audit from Oracle or any other software... 

Software Licensing in a BYOD Environment

“It’s possible to hit a moving target so long as you take the time to aim.” This article has been contributed by Jonathon Kirby, Content Development Specialist at IAITAM. Software licensing and its difficulties have been discussed at length and have been one of the focal points of IT asset management programs everywhere since their inception. The ability to ensure that an organization... 

License Management: Myths vs Reality

Christof Beaupoil This article is an interview with Christof Beaupoil, Co-founder and President at Aspera Technologies and is based on a recent presentation that he gave at the IAITAM Fall conference in October. So what exactly is your day job? My business card says Co-Founder and President, but my actual day-to-day efforts involve managing key client accounts, strategic business development, and... 

What is the first step in negotiating with Microsoft?

Steve Covert This article is an interview with Stephen Covert, Manager of Vendor Services at Highlights for Children, Inc, and is based on his recent presentation “ITAM is the first step in negotiating with Microsoft” at the IAITAM Fall conference last month. So what exactly is your day job? Presently I am transitioning from the role of Manager of Vendor Services to the role of a Project... 

Pros and Cons of Adobe Creative Cloud

This article has been contributed by Vincent Brasseur of Flexera Software. On May 6th 2013 Adobe has announced that it will move away from perpetual licenses for Creative Suite products. Following this announcement, since June 17th 2013, all new Creative Suite products are now only available through subscriptions. They have been rebranded as Creative Cloud products. This change has brought some misconceptions... 

The Enterprise Strikes Back; Trading platform launched for buying and selling surplus licensing

The Enterprise Strikes Back Grant Brierly, who ran the EMEA business for Express Metrix for a decade, has started a new venture which promises to be the ‘Corporate eBay’ for software licensing. The “Corporate Licensing Exchange” (I-CLX) trading platform for buying and selling surplus licenses follows the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the dispute between Oracle and...