Compliance Management

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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Software Licensing Compliance and Cost Optimization

Maintaining a balance between seemingly competing goals or circumstances is a common challenge in business management as well as life in general, and recognizing unbalance before it results in excessive losses frequently requires information gathering and assessment. Dangers lurk in many areas when too much attention is focused on one goal at the expense of losing perspective in management of ...

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Reduce Security Risk with SAM and Vulnerability Management

What Compliancy risks does your organization face, for its use of Software? How secure is the software you are running? How do you know all of the software your business uses? Is all of the software you are running properly licensed to the vendors who supply it? When it comes to risk, once it is identified, most leading companies try ...

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Changes to the IBM PPA – Understanding Your Risks

On Sept 1, 2014, IBM sent out a letter to its software customers about the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement (PPA). Its purpose was to notify these customers about the recent changes made to its agreement governing IBM’s software licenses. The letter opened with the following: “IBM is pleased to announce some important enhancements to your IBM International Passport Advantage ...

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