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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Oct 20, 2016

Don’t Get Lost in the (Oracle) Cloud

Like many other vendors, sales strategies at Oracle are currently focused on cloud promotion. A contract is the very first step you face when purchasing a license from Oracle or any other vendor. It’s important to know what you are signing and make sure you understand the applicability of all rules. 

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Oct 12, 2016

Come Together: How the Beatles Help Manage Your Assets

Ever wonder how the Beatles’ infamous feuding duo, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, bridged their creative views to write masterful melodies? The legacy is that although McCartney and Lennon initially composed together, they wrote most of their hit songs independently from one another – each contributing his own talented vision. Similarly, IT Service Management and Software Asset Management each take a fundamentally different approach to software assets. In fact, ITSM and SAM need to collaborate with each other to achieve their goals. 

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Oct 04, 2016

The Breast that Launched a Copyright War

A recent blip on the internet was a skirmish between a café and a photographer. So how does this contentious situation relate to Software Asset Management? In the software world, Adobe Systems started down the copyright path almost 20 years ago, when they sought to protect the digital typefaces they created. In a notable 1998 lawsuit...

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Sep 27, 2016

Claiming your Share of the $332 Billion Dollar Pie

With an anticipated $332 billion to be spent worldwide on software in 2016 – a 5.8% increase from 2015, it’s more apparent than ever for a dedicated Software Asset Management (SAM) solution needs to be part of your organization's forward-thinking IT Financial agenda. Hear what we learned is driving the SAM conversation at The Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit 2016 in Grapevine, Texas last week.

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Sep 19, 2016

Brandolini's Law is Suddenly FLEXible

Are you familiar with Brandolini's Law? It states that "The amount of energy necessary to refute BS is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it." That is why I normally do not bother to refute some of the BS spread by a competitor that has a track record of being FLEXible when it comes to the truth. But not today.

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