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IBM Licensing Quick Guide (2015)

The ITAM Review are holding a series of seminars on IBM licensing in Europe and North America through 2015. For more information on these and other seminars and workshops visit our Events Page.   When you discuss the most complex licensing vendors, the usual names crop up. Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and IBM. IBM is one of the largest software vendors in the world with one of the most complicated... 

IBM to accept Flexera for sub-capacity reporting (instead of ILMT)

IBM is to accept sub-capacity reporting from Flexera Software’s FlexNet Manager in place of ILMT, TADd and SUA. Whilst we’ve heard of this being acceptable on a deal by deal basis in the past, this is the first time IBM has publicly recognised a SAM tool for meeting their compliance reporting standards. IBM allows customers to use soft-partitioning with their software, but only if measured using... 

OEM Software Explained in Simple Terms

OEM software comes in different forms, including CD. I’m sure you’ve heard of software being referred to as an OEM before. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer and ultimately it is software that comes pre-installed with hardware such as desktops, laptops, printers and cameras. This is still a licensable application, but there are different terms and conditions associated with them. Examples... 

Software Ownership: Who Should ‘Own’ Software Licenses Within an Organisation?

Software 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 license ‘owner’. So who should take ownerships of software and their licenses? There are positives and negatives for the various options,... 

Oracle Best Practice Guide – Part 1

The ITAM Review and Campaign for Clear Licensing hosted an Oracle Seminar on Friday 21st November 2014. The aim of the seminar was to share and discuss some of the main issues around Oracle licensing and audit behaviour. Oracle Best Practice Guide Part 1 is the beginning of a three-part summary report which provides a review of the key takeaways, knowledge shared and main points raised both from... 

Oracle – Positive recommendations for change

At our Oracle Seminar in London on the 21st November we included a session for delegates to provide their feedback on recent CCL research. Readers in the USA can attend a similar event on the 29th January.  The original research, ‘Key risks in managing Oracle Licensing’ can be found here: http://www.clearlicensing.org/key-risks-in-managing-oracle-licensing/ We asked delegates, all of... 

Oracle Licensing Quick Guide

92% of Oracle customers agree that they do not communicate changes properly Oracle’s software licensing is complex and regularly changing. The number of products and acquisitions made by Oracle over the years has resulted in a number of changes in license metrics, and also new licenses for certain applications. Keeping track of the changes that effect your organisation might seem like an impossible... 

Top Ten Licensing Types – Where is the market going?

Where is the licensing market going? No matter what, all software and applications have a license attached to them. Even free software has some form of license. There are far too many different licensing models currently on the market, each with different terms and conditions that the licensee needs to adhere to. We all know what happens if you break those terms and conditions, auditors can end up... 

Adobe Creative Cloud – A Look into the Crystal Ball

Looking into the future of Adobe Creative Cloud Licensing Adobe Creative Cloud – A Look into the Crystal Ball is a guest post from John Tomeny, VP of Sassafras Software   Adobe has announced an important change for Creative Cloud licensing in Australia. Historically such changes in the Australian market have been precursors to change in the USA and EU markets. Adobe’s Licensing ecosystem... 

Advanced License Optimization : Go Beyond Compliance for Maximum Cost Savings

Bernhard Boehler, Aspera By Bernhard Boehler, Co-founder & CEO, Aspera Technologies Inc. Introduction If you are going to do Software Asset Management (SAM), why stop at license compliance? With SAM, contracting and procuring software in ways that ensure compliance is synonymous with buying smarter. And buying smarter means knowing everything about your organization’s software contracts and software...