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Compliance Management

Managing Office 365 ProPlus Compliance – Transitioning to User Based Subscriptions

By John G. Grubb, SoftwareAdvocates ITAK V10 I4 The vast majority of enterprise customers I speak with these days are very interested in Microsoft’s Office 365 offering, many are already in the process of evaluation or deployment, or have already deployed it.  Office 365 is a subscription based productivity offering from Microsoft which does not offer the option to obtain ...

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Drive Organizational Behavior for Successful ITAM – Impact Behavior with a Self-Service Software Portal

By Brett Husselbaugh, eTelligent Solutions, Inc. ITAK V10 I4 Many clients have, or are in the process of implementing, some form of self-service request system, with one of the items that can be requested being software.   The genesis is usually in response to user demand, and/or the desire to reduce ticket volume and the resources required to address that volume.   ...

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License Implications of Cloud Computing – Actions Where the IT Asset Manager and CIO Make the Difference

By Jeanne Morain, iSpeak Cloud ITAK V10 I4 Just because you can put workloads in the cloud doesn’t always mean that you should.  License compliance is often an afterthought in the race to the cloud to get solutions that are faster, cheaper, and considered better by not only IT but also the business.  The insatiable growth of shadow IT combined ...

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Nine Considerations for Choosing a SAM Tool – Reviewing the SAM Requirements You Need to Think About

By Molly McDevitt, Mentor Graphics Corporation ITAK V10 I2 Software Asset Management (SAM) software programs are not just a financial investment, but also one of time.  A new program takes time to set up, learn and implement, as well as the ongoing maintenance of the system and data.  There is no shortage of programs to choose from and costs vary ...

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SAP Licensing and the SAM Lifecycle – The Challenges of SAM, ISO 19770-1 and SAP License Management

By Brian E. Skiba, Snow Software ITAK V9 I12 Based on a previously published white paper from Snow Software SAP License Management and SAM All around the world, enterprises are realizing that they must employ Software Asset Management (SAM) to assure compliance, improve procurement and reduce costs.  Popular desktop software vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec agree, and are ...

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Don’t Fear the Software Audit – Line up the People, Processes and Tools to be a Success

By Daisy Adams, SIMITAR ITAK V9 I11 Over the past several years, organizations have become more reliant on software solutions for their core business functions and activities.  Software licensing use rights and programs are constantly increasing in their complexity.  If technical implementations of software solutions do not consider the license or program rights to that software, it may cause significant ...

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Get Your IT Estate in Order – Frequent Software Audits Fuel Risks

By Jill Powell, PwC ITAK V9 I11 A survey published by a Gartner research in 2011 highlighted the need for companies to ensure they are in compliance in preparation for being audited, especially with a doubling of the numbers being audited in just three years.  Citing the increasing complexity of the IT environment as one of the reasons software vendors ...

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Are Vendor Audits Driving Your IT Strategy? – Getting Out of Audit-Survival Mode

By Dan Anderson, Flexera Software ITAK V9 I11 Introduction   In 2014, it’s generally accepted that Information Technology is a critical enabler of most businesses, regardless of industry.  Companies that effectively use technology can bring products to market faster, at lower cost, and have opportunities to move into new markets; conversely, companies that lack focused, efficient IT capabilities have difficulty ...

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