Jan 19, 2017

Agile: Why it’s ok to suck

If you don't make mistakes, you can't learn how to improve your process. At Aspera, our SmartTrack platform is continuously developed to exceed industry demands. But what does that approach look like? Increasingly popular, The Agile Movement is an alternative to traditional project management, allowing development teams to more effectively respond to unpredictability through incremental, iterative work cadences and empirical feedback.

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Jan 12, 2017

SAM Round Table, Part 1: Winning the Savings Showdown

Savings is obviously a huge driver for SAM. But how do you define and measure those savings? As a primary step, it’s crucial to spell out the basic terms of "cost avoidance" and "cost savings". This helps a SAM team to organize goals, and get buy-in from decision-makers by clearly establishing the financial advantages that a SAM program delivers.

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Jan 04, 2017

Living SAM: Top 2017 Trends

In the truest sense of the term, Software Asset Management (SAM) is a dynamic discipline. The software industry is constantly evolving and effective SAM needs to be nurtured, quickly adapting to complex market demands. As we enter 2017, it’s a good opportunity to take a closer look at top SAM focus areas for the upcoming year.

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Dec 22, 2016

Understanding Oracle Java SE Licensing

Software vendors are determined to recover declining revenues as customers are moved to the cloud. Recently, it has been reported that Oracle will start auditing customers for Java usage, a software which is free to use under certain restrictions. Although this news has not been confirmed by the software provider, it is always smart to be proactively prepared. Learn how to accurately track Java usage and protect yourself against costly audit risk.

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Dec 08, 2016

How to Solve 3 Big Cloud Challenges

What are the real SAM challenges of moving to the cloud today, and how do you handle them? In this article, we detail simple strategies that solve three potential challenges. Armed with smart planning and a watchful eye, you’ll be fully prepared to meet unexpected license model shifts and keep your SAM program on track.

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Nov 17, 2016

Indirect Access: Untangling Truth from Trickiness

The topic of indirect access is deliberately complex. But what remains clear is that you need to understand the systems that you’re dealing with and adapt your procedures accordingly for peace of mind. SAP users are all too familiar with tangled systems, and indirect access opens up a complex web of uncertain vulnerabilities and high costs.

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Nov 08, 2016

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

This is Oracle’s world and you’re just living in it. From complex and inconsistent licensing rules, to ongoing acquisition and integration of unrelated vendors, business as usual at Oracle can make achieving license compliance a moving target. But, knowledge is power - and with the right SAM tools in place, you can keep in strategic lock-step with Oracle's licensing challenges.

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Oct 27, 2016

Spooky SAM Stories

Let’s face it, Software Asset Management has its scary spots. Dreaded data, technical tangles, and chaotic challenges. Here at Aspera, our seasoned professionals have witnessed their fair share of terrifying moments. We’ve convinced our team to share three of their spoooookiest SAM stories this week in our blog, just in time for Halloween.

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