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Application Portfolio Management Knowledge – The Short Story on Software Entitlement Management

By (Chris) Krysztof Baczkiewicz, Eracent ITAK V7 I3 In the process of entitlement utilization optimization, the core information that needs to be collected is the actual requirements for the software and the status of the software entitlements owned.  This kind of knowledge is gathered in the process of Application Portfolio Management (APM). Let’s discuss then what we learn from APM ...

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Make Your ITAM Program ROCK! – Case Studies Show Success

By Siwel Consulting, Inc. ITAK V7 I3 An IT Asset Management (ITAM) program requires a number of critical processes to produce the data organizations need to make important business decisions. Lifecycle processes manage an IT asset from the time it is requested to the time when it is retired.  Audit and true-up preparation helps organizations avoid unexpected expenses and ensures ...

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Enterprise Agreement Refresh – What You Need to Know About EA 2011’s Significant Changes

By John Cullen, Directions on Microsoft ITAK V7 I1 In mid-2011, Microsoft rolled out noteworthy changes to its Enterprise Agreement (EA) contracts. A tighter true-up reporting timeline, changes to how discount levels are determined, and other contract modifications will impact both new customers and customers coming up for renewal.  Although the new contracts themselves are not likely to materially alter ...

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Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) – Other Choices For EAs

By John Cullen, Directions on Microsoft ITAK V6 I10 A traditional Enterprise Agreement (EA), commonly called a “desktop EA,” was designed to license a wide selection of products for on-premises use such as desktop software and Client Access Licenses (CALs) for server software. This two licensing scenarios remain the main use of the EA program.  Over the past few years, ...

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Software Recognition and License Management – The Pros and Cons of Different Recognition Methodologies

By Kris Barker, Apptria Technologies ITAK V6 I10 Anyone working in the trenches of asset management has experienced the difficulties related to poor software recognition. On the surface, software identification may seem to be a very basic, low-level task; however, nothing could be further from the truth.  And the consequences of poor software identification, especially for organizations trying to stay ...

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Intimidating Complexity in Software Licenses – Are You Wrapped Around the “Axel of Perfection?”

By William B. Husselbaugh, eTelligent Solutions Inc. ITAK Volume 6 Issue 8   Many clients today seem to have stalled their Software Asset Management (SAM) initiatives because they cannot figure out how to effectively, and continuously, determine compliance due to the inherent complexity of software licensing.  This problem has been a common theme within for and within the SAM community. ...

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Microsoft-based Systems in the Cloud – Enterprise Cloud Licensing Rules Clarified

By John Cullen, Directions on Microsoft ITAK Volume 6 Issue 6 Organizations that are moving software licenses to provider clouds need to be aware of important rule differences that impact license compliance.  In July, 2011, Microsoft published use rights that clarify how customers can move licenses bought through volume licensing to cloud hosting providers.  This “license mobility through Software Assurance” ...

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