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Compliance Management

Managing the evolving Enterprise

IT Asset Managers don’t always participate in strategic IT discussions. But, they are expected to help organizations keep track of spending on hardware, software and subscriptions to various IT Services. IT Asset Management is becoming more strategic – new technologies are making IT more complex and the ease with which new, subscription based resources can be obtained increases the risk ...

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Configuration Data Elements Critical for Compliance in SAM

Software license entitlement defines the license capacity against a manufacturer’s defined measurement. There is a vast range of different capacity types used by software manufacturers to measure license entitlement. These measurements can be divided into two basic groups: • Instance based: measurement is tied to a configuration of the hardware (for example, processor based licensing) • Non instance based: measurement ...

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Anatomy of an End User License Agreement

End User License Agreements (EULAs) are long, wordy and boring. Attorneys write them and read them. They are very good at it and, if you have any questions, you should address them with your company’s legal counsel. Always. Difficulty or boredom is not a reason to skip reading a EULA. You don’t need a secret decoder ring to understand them ...

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Software License Management – Do you need a degree?

Remember back in the day when license complexity was as simple as plugging in the hardware dongle into your computer in order for an application to work? With today’s technologies it seems like you need to have a doctorate to truly understand each license option and its complexities. Even when you have determined between node locked or floating licenses, you ...

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SAP Audits – Is it impossible to gauge financial exposure?

SAP licensing is complicated. License entitlements can be open to interpretation and contract amendments can mean that financial liability for one customer may be very different in comparison to another, even if their usage and requirements are identical. It often depends on what deal was struck at the time of purchase. Traditionally SAP licensing reviews and system measurements have focused ...

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The Four Things You Need To Know About Software Compliance

It’s no mystery that IBM software licensing and audits can be complicated. Chances are good that if you’re like many of the companies I’ve worked with over the years, you don’t have the right software asset management (SAM) strategy in place. Unfortunately, most companies don’t have a strong understanding of software compliance—or the repercussions of a software audit. That’s why ...

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Software Metering and the “Use It or Lose It” Mentality

With six months to go before an annual true up with a large software publisher, a software scan revealed that we were over deployed by a large amount for two of their products, largely due to people requesting these products for short term use during projects then not contacting IT to uninstall after they had completed the work. While this ...

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Convergence with IT Asset/Service management

The discipline of SAM is rapidly converging with IT asset and service management disciplines, offering a more comprehensive view of activities as well as new capabilities for IT leaders As organizations continue to emphasize managing IT like a business, efforts are intensifying around IT asset management and IT service management. Within organizations today, new sets of policies and procedures are ...

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Should The Audit Tail Be Wagging The Enterprise Dog?

The prospect of a Software Asset Management (SAM) audit by a major vendor is continuing to influence Enterprise behaviour. Global Enterprises may deliberately overbuy software licences or buy excessive quantities of premium licences from the major vendors to mitigate perceived audit risk and the costly penalties associated with compliance breaches. However, the impact of this can be an over-confidence in ...

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