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Compliance Management

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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Managing Software “Just Right” – Pragmatic Software Management Decisions

By Amelia Collins ITAK Volume 6 Issue 4: Disposal Management   Too much or not enough?1 “63% of software vendors cited revenue generation as their number one reason for operating a compliance program, while 50% also want to protect their intellectual property rights.”2.   Like Goldilocks and her porridge, when it comes to software governance and compliance, every organization needs to ...

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Managing Software “Just Right” – Pragmatic Software Management Decisions

By Amelia Collins ITAK V6 I4 Too much or not enough? “63% of software vendors cited revenue generation as their number one reason for operating a compliance program, while 50% also want to protect their intellectual property rights.” Software compliance without tears, Ernst & Young, February 10, 2011 Like Goldilocks and her porridge, when it comes to software governance and compliance, ...

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Software Audits on the Rise – The Whys and How to Avoids of Non-Compliance

By Phara McLachlan, Animus Solutions ITAK V6 I3 Watch dog organizations such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and Federation of Software Theft (FAST) are in the business of advancing the goals of the software industry and raising awareness of protecting the intellectual property of software companies.  Organizations like these and the software companies they work hard to represent receive ...

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Licensing Changes – Microsoft SA Benefits Trimmed

By Directions on Microsoft ITAK V5 I6 A Software Assurance (SA) renewal grace period and an SA benefit that gave employees discounted Microsoft software have been eliminated. The changes may signal that Microsoft is taking a closer look at SA benefits that do little to promote SA but raise Microsoft’s costs. The changes affect two elements of the SA program, ...

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Six Ways to Attract a Vendor Audit

By Martin Thompson, ITAM Review Are you bored at work? Do you fancy a new challenge? How about the prospect of attracting lots of board level attention, the threat of legal action, loss of IT jobs, enormous punitive charges and all round fire fighting with a vendor audit?   Simply follow this quick guide and you’ll soon be attracting vendor ...

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Non-Compliance… It Happens, and It Hurts

By Phara McLachlan, Animus Solutions ITAK V5 I3 How is it compliance is generally reactive versus proactive?  Just as we often find ourselves vigorously brushing and flossing when we get our dental reminder, or attempt a crash diet just before bathing suit season, we typically get ourselves interested in compliance when we know an audit is just around the corner ...

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Reign in the Chaos – Eight Steps to Managing Software Licensing

By Jenny Schuchert, IAITAM Inc. ITAK V5 I2 Eight Steps to Managing Software Licensing Chaos Software Asset Managers routinely manage the complexities of software licensing, including;  the choices offered by specific publishers, matching the actual use to the licensing, and keeping track of all of the necessary documentation.  Sometimes, technology advances upset the effectiveness of these efforts, generating confusion for ...

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