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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Aug 24, 2016

8 Massive Myths about Vendor Certifications

There’s a lot of confusion in the SAM market space currently about vendor “certifications” of License Management tools. What does it actually mean when a platform or tool claims to be certified? And what advantages does that “certification” provide you with in the case of an audit? 

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Aug 05, 2016

Go Big or Go Home: The US Government’s approach to Software Asset Management

On June 29th, the US Federal Government voted The MEGABYTE Act (aka Making Electronic Government Accountable by Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act of 2016) into law. The MEGABYTE Act aims to increase tax dollar savings and prevent unnecessary spending by mandating an organized software asset management program throughout government agencies. The legislation outlines a framework to manage the use, procurement, deployment and compliance of software licenses.

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