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Podcast Episode 11 – Introduction to Microsoft Virtualisation

ITAM Review Podcast Episode 11: An introduction to Microsoft Virtualisation In this podcast I was joined by Mathias Knops of Aspera and Robert Paton and Mark Hobson from Concorde to discuss Microsoft Virtualisation.  Topics covered in this podcast: How Microsoft software can be virtualised / types of virtual environments What to watch out for when virtualising Microsoft Building systems to manage... 

The Increased Importance of User Management

User management has been around within the ITAM and IT space for a while now, but with the introduction of cloud-based subscription user licensing it has taken on a new importance. What is User Management? We believe that user management is the effective management of user accounts (that relate to software licenses) throughout their lifecycle. Now, with subscription based licensing metrics, the lifecycle... 

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...