GDPR and the implications for ITAM Managers

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What is GDPR, why is it important & what impact will it have on ITAM Managers? Imagine this situation in two years-time from now. The ITAM manager for a large organization has been called to a board meeting. There has been a major data breach and a large amount of customer information has been stolen. The penalty for this breach could be as high as 20million Euros. The Directors ask the ITAM Manager...

Making 2017 “The Software Asset Management Year” for your Organization

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Make 2017 “The SAM Year” for your Organization Many organizations are overspending on Software and at the same time are at risk of non-compliance by not keeping their Software Assets & Usage under control. Below provides an overview of key SAM Focus Areas worth tackling in 2017: 1. Know what is installed and used: Organizations should frequently scan their entire server, mobile and client estate...

Ending the vendor audit cycle

Vendor software and audits have become so common in the enterprise IT landscape that they are beginning to be accepted as “business as usual.”
Vendor audit cycle: audits have become so common in the enterprise IT landscape that they are beginning to be accepted as “business as usual.” This article has been contributed by Walker White of BDNA. Ending the vendor audit cycle Vendor software and hardware audits have become so common in the enterprise IT landscape that they are beginning to be accepted as “business as usual.” In fact,...

What stops organizations from executing effective Software Asset Management?

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  What is the brick wall stopping your progress with ITAM? If your organization is running an in-house Software Asset Management program, the chances are your SAM team can boil their activity down to one thing: Compliance. Ensuring your organization isn’t under-licensed (and therefore risking blowing the budget if you’re audited) is one of the prime objectives of software asset managers, but...

Can you resell software licenses? The latest legal position in 2016

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This is a guest post from Robin Fry of Cerno.  The European Court has restated the legality of the resale of software in Europe in its latest judgment but confirmed that the principle does not extend to software transferred on back-up discs. The October 2016 ruling is the first by Europe’s highest court since its seminal 2012 decision concerning Oracle programs which effectively equated software...

Quick guide to Microsoft BYOL (Bring your own licensing)

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This quick guide to Microsoft BYOL (Bring Your Own Licensing)  has been contributed by Deepika Shrivastava. Cloud computing has been attributed with increasing competitiveness through cost reduction, greater flexibility, elasticity and optimal resource utilization. With Cloud, there are few challenges like proper Licensing and compliance maintenance. This may look weird to many, as Cloud has their...

Big Data and IT Asset Management: A marriage made in heaven or hell?

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Defining big data The term “big data” is thrown around these days as though it’s been around for a long time – the concept gained momentum in the early 2000s, but the term itself is still relatively new. The act of storing large amounts of information for analysis is ages old, but with the amount of big data being generated and stored growing exponentially day by day, there are three important...

Using Pizza to explain IBM Sub-Capacity

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Using Pizza to explain IBM Sub Capacity By Mark Feinman – Siwel Consulting My wife is a very smart woman, but when it comes to explaining to her what I do in IT, I might as well be speaking another language. And so it went when I was trying to describe to her the difference between IBM Sub-capacity and Full capacity as it pertains to IBM software. IBM defines Sub-capacity as follows: “Sub-capacity...

Secret IT Manager: Our IBM Audit Experience

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Firstly, apologies for not writing an article in so long; we’ve been extremely busy dealing with a recent IBM ‘review’. We learnt an awful lot during and post review, and I wanted to share my experiences with you. Obviously, I’m going to keep a number of details secret and not reveal my identity. It’s a shame really; I write a number of articles and technical documentation for other elements...

It is time to Talk (Talk) Security

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It seems with each passing day; we see another story of a cyber security breach. After doing some research, I found that each day, we, in fact, have nearly two. In research published by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), since 2005, there have been a total of 5029 breaches, and of that number, 34.3% directed at the business sector. Of the total, 29% happened as a result of a hack. Of course,...

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...

Cybersecurity and unused Software

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‘I don’t mean to suggest that dealing with cybersecurity challenges can always be overcome with effective IT Asset Management, but it certainly reduces the size of the hole that is probably already in your organization’ This article has been contributed by Peter Beruk of 1E. Back in late 2013, David Bicket, former convener of Working Group 21 (WG21) for the ISO ITAM standard wrote a short...

Challenges of Implementing SAM in India: Practical Road Map

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  This is a guest article contributed by Probuddho Halder, a SAM and Software Licensing expert based in India. Probuddho is a young and enthusiastic SAM professional. He likes to read and write about SAM and software procurement.  Designing SAM strategy and implementation excites him. His experience spans from SAM operations, auditing, consulting to strategy.  He can be contacted at probuddhohalder@yahoo.com.   Indian...

SAM in the Oracle Environment: Hitting a Moving Target for a Compliance Bulls Eye

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A compliance Bullseye By Christof Beaupoil, President and Co-Founder of Aspera Technologies Inc.  When it comes to Oracle licensing, the universal question is: Why do they make it so hard? The answer is simple: Because they can. IT experts agree about three things: Oracle’s database and software applications are best-in-class The rules governing Oracle’s licensing agreements are perhaps the most...

Microsoft Office Applications for Mobile Devices

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Michael Cherry, Senior Analyst at Directions on Microsoft This article has been contributed by Michael Cherry, Senior Analyst, Licensing and Corporate Affairs at Directions on Microsoft. The locally installed ap­plications Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word Office are valuable for mobile busi­ness users who need to review documents received in e-mail, perform edits, deliver presentations, and...