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

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...

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...

How ITAM drives establishment of an IT Circular Economy

This article is the second in a two-part series co-authored with Tamsir Fayer, VP & CMO of Softcorner. In part 1 of this series, we illustrated how the release of Windows 11 may lead to serviceable hardware being prematurely decommissioned early in its lifecycle, potentially within 3 years of purchase. We also discussed the impact of enforced updates to subscription software and looked at the impact...

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