Microsoft Product Terms Update for January & February 2017

Keeping up with changes to Microsoft product terms is a full time job! In this article Rich Gibbons provides an update to the key changes for January and February 2017.  Microsoft Product Terms changes – January 2017 System Center Client Management Suite This license was a bundle which contained the client licenses of four System Center products: Data Protection Manager Operations Manager Service...

Office 365 removes older versions of Office based products

The bumps in the road when upgrading to Office 365 and how to overcome them A number of organisations who have already gone through this process may have already experienced this, but for those of you who are thinking about upgrading to Office 365, there is a slight bump in the road that you need to be aware of if you want to run Office 365 with previous versions of the likes of Visio and Project. Firstly,...

Interview: Managing changes to Windows Server Licensing models

Christopher Brune, Consultant, Aspera GmbH I recently spoke with Christopher Brune, consultant at Aspera, about Microsoft Windows Server Datacenter licensing. ITAM Review: Christopher, let’s introduce you to the reader. What is it like to be Mr. Christopher Brune working at Aspera? Christopher Brune: That’s a good question. Working at Aspera is like having found the right destination after a long...

Microsoft SQL Server License Management Standard

Back in October 2014 we published a comparison of four SAM tools with Microsoft License Management capabilities (See: Microsoft License Management Group Test – The Results). This previous group test above was based on a questionnaire completed by participating vendors and an online briefing to quiz vendors on their capabilities. For 2016, we would like to take this up a notch by formally benchmarking...

New York Microsoft Licensing Seminar, October 2015 Review

The ITAM Review team returned to Baruch College in New York on Wednesday 21st October 2015 for our final event in the US this year, and the last event in our Datacenter series – the US Microsoft Licensing Seminar. The US Microsoft Licensing Seminar was attended by end users, expert speakers, and vendor sponsors Aspera, Flexera Software, Belarc, Miro Consulting, Method180 and 1E. Presentations With...

Podcast Episode 14: Office365, Unbundling Microsoft, Monetizing Mobility

Unbundling Microsoft product options In this podcast I was joined by some great experts who share their opinions on Microsoft. Tim Hegedus, Miro Consulting Mike Austin, Method 180 Sumin Chen, Belarc Peter Beruk, 1E Kevin Suckow, SoftwareOne Mandi Sue Bleau, Flexera Software This is our third podcast on Microsoft and follows similar discussions on Microsoft Virtualisation and Microsoft in the Datacentre. In...

Podcast: Managing Microsoft in the Datacentre

Managing Microsoft within the Datacentre This is the second in the series of podcasts on Microsoft Licensing. In this Podcast we are joined by 3 professionals who will be sharing their knowledge and experience with regards to tackling Microsoft Licensing in the Datacentre: Leigh Martin of Snow Software Mandi Sue Bleau of Flexera Software Mathias Knops of Aspera During this Podcast we will be covering: Where...

Windows 10 Licenses: What You Need to Know

In-case you have been in hiding or without any internet connection over the past six months, you may be aware that Microsoft have released their new operating system; Windows 10. Windows 10 follows on from Windows 8.1, which had moderate success within organisations (much better than Windows 8 though!). Lets face it, Microsoft have been a bit poor with their OS’s recently; Vista was awful, Windows...

‘Lack of transparency and ambiguity within Microsoft licensing terms leaves even the most sophisticated clients scratching their heads’

Further to the initial findings from the CCL regarding Microsoft Licensing issues that are faced by users, upcoming US Microsoft Licensing Seminar sponsors Method 180 have shared their thoughts. You can see the full article ‘Microsoft True-down, Software Assurance, and Citrix are key issues according to CCL research’ by clicking here.   Mike Austin, Method 180: ‘The results of the CCL research...

ITAM Review Microsoft Research 2015 – Have you moved up to the Clouds?

  The ITAM Review invites you to take part in our short research survey around Microsoft Licensing and the patterns of behaviour organisations follow with Microsoft products. This is the first piece of Microsoft research we have conducted this year, so we would really appreciate it if you could spare us 10 minutes or so to complete the form. You can take part in the short survey by clicking this...

User-based Cloud Licensing – problematic for some Industries

By Paul DeGroot, Pica Communications The cloud is not for everyone, but it may not be clear when it’s a good choice and when it’s not. In our practice, we find many customers making suboptimal choices on the Microsoft platform. Those choices increase costs substantially and create serious operational problems that could plague these organizations for years to come. One issue that causes...

Why Microsoft Software Assurance Customers ‘never win’

In anticipation of our upcoming Microsoft Licensing Seminar in New York on 21st October 2015, our Analyst David Foxen interviewed Steven Kelley – Director of Software Licensing Advisors and one of the expert speakers at our New York event. His session ‘Software Assurance – Placing Bets on Microsoft’s Future’ will delve into why he thinks Microsoft Software Assurance Customers...

Microsoft True-down, Software Assurance, and Citrix are key issues according to CCL research

  The CCL recently hosted a Microsoft Licensing round-table with a number of enterprise organisations present, this article shares some of the key concerns organisations face managing Microsoft. Have your say – what are your key issues with Microsoft Licensing? Please complete our anonymous survey. Microsoft is one of the largest software companies in the world with the most pervasive software;...

Quick Guide to Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, IBM and SAP Licensing

I have compiled four useful articles on Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, IBM and SAP Licensing into one handy PDF. To receive your complimentary copy subscribe to The ITAM Review today. Click here to subscribe to The ITAM Review Monthly Newsletter.