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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...

Podcast: Second Hand Software Licensing

In this Podcast Martin Thompson of The ITAM Review is joined by two ITAM professionals who share their knowledge and experience with regards to Second Hand Software. They are: Christiaan Murphy – Software Category Manager, CGI Tomas O’Leary – CEO, Origina Podcast topics: What is second hand software? Where can I go to find second hand software? Examples of the secondary use...

Snow Software License Manager for Microsoft License Management

This is an independent review of technology for managing Microsoft licensing and agreements. Also participating in this review: IE Aspera Brainware / Spider A full comparison and Group Test results can be found here: https://www.itassetmanagement.net/2014/10/02/microsoft-license-management/ Executive Summary Elevator pitch A key player in the Software Asset Management market, Snow offers a great...

Process of the Month – Software Request Process

Try not to map the moon! I suspect the reason many folks get in such a bind with designing a process to handle software requests is that they try and bundle no end of steps into the overall process, including procurement, testing, deployment etc.  The trick with process engineering (like programming) is to focus on one element, get it working (and get it working well) and then consider pulling in...

EU rules against Oracle on second-hand software licensing

Pre-owned software legalities
The EU court has decided that distribution rights end when and at the specific time that the original copyright holder (in this case Oracle) markets and then completes a sale of the software on what is denoted as one “material medium” or another including a CD-ROM, a DVD or through an Internet download. According to the Judgment in Case C-128/11 UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp. ruling,...

Quick Guide to Second-Hand Software (Part 3 of 3)

FUD
"...the spread of ‘fear, uncertainty and doubt’ (FUD) is still the preferred choice of weapon by major software vendors" This article has been contributed by Noel Unwin of Discount-Licensing.com Part One – Industry Dynamics Part Two -Demystifying the Mist Part Three – The Legalities Part 3 of 3: The Legalities Whilst all secondary suppliers (in any marketplace) should...

Quick Guide to Second-Hand Software (Part 2 of 3)

Demystifying the Mist Surrounding Second-hand Software This article has been contributed by Noel Unwin of Discount-Licensing.com Part One – Industry Dynamics Part Two -Demystifying the Mist Part Three – The Legalities Part 2 of 3: Demystifying the Mist Having taken a look at the dynamics of the second hand software industry in Part 1 of this story, we can start to see how this market...

Quick Guide to Second-Hand Software (Part 1 of 3)

"Some statements from software vendors in this space may seek to cloud your judgement and paint a shady tone of grey" This article has been contributed by Noel Unwin of Discount-Licensing.com Part One – Industry Dynamics Part Two -Demystifying the Mist Part Three – The Legalities Part 1 of 3: Industry Dynamics Over the past decade, you may have come across articles relating...

Microsoft Licensing Online Summit: A Recap

Microsoft online summit
On December 11, 2019 we ran our 3rd Online Summit – “Making Sense of Microsoft”. This was our most successful Online Summit to date with 724 registrations from 44 different countries across 5 continents, again showing that Microsoft, and ITAM, really is a global concept! While you can only cover so much Microsoft licensing in 3 hours (!), with the help of our sponsors and co-presenters, I think...

Adobe & Steam fall foul of regulators

“As-A-Service” is everywhere in technology. Looking through my own subscriptions I have service contracts for ink (HP Instant Ink), entertainment (Apple Music & Netflix) and even fitness apps (Strava and Zwift). Even the mighty Apple is trying to pivot towards being primarily a services company. Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade are all designed to shore up revenues as their flagship...