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News, reviews and resources for worldwide ITAM, SAM and Licensing professionals.

Secondary Software Market – Guide and Commentary

The Secondary Software Market, created by an EU-ruling in 2012, is not just about sourcing second-hand copies of old licenses, or getting some money back for your now redundant Office licenses. In preparing a guide to this market I interviewed David Chamberlain, General Manager of License Dashboard, and Chris Morgan, CEO of Astute Licensing. Chris and David have recently assisted clients transacting...

Brexit & Secondary Software: What’s the impact?

Brexit and secondary software
This article was written by Rich Gibbons, ITAM Review, and Noel Unwin, Discount Licensing. Following the decision made by the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) on 31st January 2020, negotiations between the UK Government and the EU continue. The ‘transitional’ period is currently due to end on 31st December 2020 and whilst there is still uncertainty from the UK Government and...

Second-hand Software: Legalities & Business Models

Pre-owned software legalities
This article was written by Rich Gibbons of ITAM Review and Noel Unwin of Discount Licensing. In July 2012, the second-hand software market received a definitive answer from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) when it ruled that reselling intangible software was legal. The rights of the software vendor to control the resale of the software copy is ‘exhausted’ after the first sale of the copy (Exhaustion...

Market Guide – Secure Hard Drive Erasure

This month’s Market Guide looks at options for managing assets at the end of the ITAM lifecycle. A vital part of Retire is ensuring that all data has been removed from assets prior to disposal. This is a wide-ranging area (for example, you may be surprised to hear that printers can store vast amounts of confidential data) but this guide looks at options for secure hard drive erasure. A growing...

ITAM Process Automation Tools – Market Guide

January’s Market Guide looks at tools for ITAM Process Automation. As our roles as IT Asset Managers mature there is a need to deal efficiently with day-to-day operational demands on our time, and automation is a way of doing this whilst still retaining oversight & control. For many organisations, ITAM Process Automation will be an extension of existing IT Service Management processes, ensuring...

Introducing – ITAM Review SaaS Market Guide

The ITAM Review are delighted to announce the publication of a Market Guide for SaaS Optimisation & Subscription Management tools. This is the first in a series of Market Guides, to be published monthly, looking at various aspects of the ITAM tools and services market. Future guides will include; IaaS Optimisation ITAM Operations Automation Risk Management Secondary Software Market We’ll also...

Second hand software licensing market finally gaining traction, large European corporates saving millions

A market surplus of perpetual Microsoft Office licenses provides significant savings for organizations looking to address compliance shortfalls or growth capacity for legacy versions of Office. European SAM teams have been able to buy and sell software licensing on the secondary market since the EU ruling in 2012, but it seems that only now is the market beginning to gain significant traction. I recently...

Podcast Episode 39: Dominance of Large Software Companies Beginning to Crumble

In this Podcast I am joined by Tomás O’Leary, Founder & CEO of Origina – Gold Sponsors of our UK & US 2017 Conferences, to discuss recent ongoings in the Software Market including some cases of large software companies battling with the courts. Podcast Topics Lexmark Print Cartridge Refill – Kicked out by Supreme Court ruling Digital Millennial Copyright Act Software...

Beware Secondary Software FUD

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...

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

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...