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...

SAP Special Interest Group (SIG) – Call for participants

Is SAP indirect access hindering IoT innovation? The ITAM Review invites readers to join a new Special Interest Group (SIG) dedicated to SAP licensing, in particular SAP Indirect Access. SAP Indirect access remains a cash cow for SAP during audits due to unclear terms and the growing nature of Internet connected devices and systems. SAP customers complain that SAP licensing is not keeping up with innovation.  Indirect...

Average software audit takes 7.13 months and consumes 194.15 hours

Research I’ve just published with The Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) reports that the average software audit (according to 170 worldwide ITAM, SAM and Licensing Pros) takes 7.13 months to complete and consumes 194.15 hours of IT department time. See the full report here: http://www.clearlicensing.org/audit-report-nov-2016/ The CCL report shares who is the most and least aggressive software...

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...

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...

Live from SAMPARIS16 – French SAM market growing, beware HP software audit risk

SAMPARIS2016, Le Duplex Paris Etoile 2 bis avenue Foch I’m at SAMPARIS2016 in Paris for the second annual SAM event hosted by Easytrust. I attended the event last year too and it’s great to see even more SAM professionals discussing all things SAM in the French market. I had a conversation with a well-respected and experienced SAM professional and we were discussing the news of HPE’s ‘merger’...

Quick guide to Microsoft BYOL (Bring your own licensing)

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...

Podcast: Episode 23 – All things SAP

Podcast Episode 23: In this Podcast episode, I am joined by Patrick Dickinson, Senior Consultant at Aspera to discuss all things SAP. Podcast topics: About Secure Integration and Aspera Which team of an organisation deal with selling/ implementing SAP? What are the key things to look for when looking at SAP Licensing? Why do I need to invest in a SAP Management tool? The difference between SAP...

How independent is your “independent” software advisor?

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In this article, Gillian Leicester, Co-Founder of Synyega, joint double winner of ITAM Review’s “ITAM Professional of the Year 2015” and the “ITAM Project/Implementation of the Year 2015” outlines her independent approach to what essential things you should check before taking any advice on software licensing. Gillian will be presenting at our UK and USA conferences – find out more...

Avoiding the audit-deal-cloud rinse cycle

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Richard Spithoven (Top) and Patrick de Veer (Bottom) from b.lay. Videos coming soon on The ITAM Review. I was lucky enough to visit Utrecht in the Netherlands recently to see the nice folks from b.lay, one of the winners of the ITAM Review 2015 Excellence Awards (Nominations are open for 2016 here). We spent some time recording videos in preparation for our conferences later this year; I look forward...

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...

Podcast Episode 19: New licensing body tackles issues directly with software publishers

In this podcast Martin Thompson of The ITAM Review speaks with Peter Van Uden of Global Software Licensing Specialist Expert Circle. Podcast Topics What is GSLSEC and why was it set up? What is the outcome of this group for end users? Working with Microsoft, VM Ware, Citrix, Oracle and IBM Why don’t software vendors listen to their own customer feedback groups/channel? What sort of cases...

Beginner’s guide to IBM software audits

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Eric Chiu is our go to guy on IBM licensing. In this video I picked his brains on IBM software audits. Subjects covered: Who starts an IBM audit? IBM audit activity levels and key targets IBM sub-capacity – the low hanging fruit for IBM revenue What is sub-capacity? IBM License Measurement Tool (ILMT) The role of Deloitte and KPMG IBM online resources Come and meet Eric and other audit defence...

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...

Mars Inc. sue Oracle over audit tactics

A mars a day keeps Oracle away The $33BN food giant Mars Inc. took Oracle to court in October. There is a good coverage and analysis by Dave Welch of House of Brick here: http://houseofbrick.com/mars-vs-oracle/ In short: Oracle offered Mars a ‘Review’ Oracle threatened to withdrawal their support contract if Mars didn’t cooperate Use of VMware, the definition of a user and audit tactics were...