Compliance Management

Microsoft Versions, Editions and Downgrades Redux – Unlocking Microsoft License Compliance

By Rob Horowitz, Directions on Microsoft ITAK V9 I7 Under certain circumstances, customers who acquire a license for a specific product version and edition for on-premises use may deploy an earlier version or different edition in its place. These licensing rules, called downgrade rights, vary by sales channel where the license was purchased and by the specific product line, including ...

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Eliminate Over-Licensing Software – Case Study: Arup Saved More than a Million Pounds

By Jelle Wijndelts, Snow Software ITAK V9 I6 Engineers from one of the world’s leading independent architectural design firms, Arup, are behind some of the most famous and iconic urban landmarks ever built.  In addition to the Sydney Opera House, Arup’s global team of designers and engineers have helped create Olympic designs such as the Beijing Bird’s Nest and London’s ...

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How to Reclaim Control of the Licensing Jungle – Building Sustainability and Consistency

By Peter Wesche, Doctor-License GbR ITAK V9 I5 The Problem One of the most common problems in ITAM is the lack of consistency and sustainability of management efforts.  In Software Asset Management, the variety of vendors, audit methodologies and strategic focus has developed into a zoo of practices making it especially difficult to answer the question:  Are we compliant in ...

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Internal Controls Critical to Optimize Software – Max Software Investment and Reduce Risk with Tracking

By Andy Rohrbough, Simitar ITAK V9 I4 Imagine you were the owner of a trucking company.  Wouldn’t you know where your trucks are at any given time?  Wouldn’t you know how much each truck cost to purchase and maintain?  Your business success depends on the management of these assets that are essential to operations.  Of course you would. I would ...

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Getting SAM to Operate at its Strongest – Achieving Maximum Value with ROC

By Sean Robinson, License Dashboard ITAK V9 I4 At License Dashboard we’re passionate about Software Asset Management. Why? Because, if executed well, SAM empowers both small businesses and large enterprises. It not only enables them to maximize the value of their IT budgets, but also establish the software platform required to operate at its strongest – day in, day out. ...

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The Zen of Software Asset Management – A Modern, Practice Twist to Centuries-old Advice

By Bruce P. McDowell, McDowell Consulting ITAK V9 I4 A number of years ago, I was presenting information about a software asset management solution to a division of a Fortune 10 company.  I explained that over the years my company had made inventory – the foundation for software asset management – so simple, accurate and easy to implement, that it really only ...

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The Age of Cloud Computing – The Cloud Role for IT Asset Management

By Daniel Galecki, Hewlett – Packard ITAK V9 I4 All charts in this article are reprinted from an Information Week report “2014 Private Cloud Survey,” published January, 2014 written by Art Wittmann and used with permission. IT is undergoing a significant change in how it delivers services to the business.  The back end infrastructure delivering IT services has gone through ...

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Negotiating Enterprise License Agreements – How to Use a Fact-based Forecast to Improve Results

By Robert Froelich, SoftwareONE ITAK V9 I4 Among software asset managers, we are all certainly very familiar with the concept of the enterprise license agreement (ELA).  All of the major publishers offer an option for a master contract with a set of commitments that is promised to greatly streamline how we transact for software.  It is certainly convenient for organizations ...

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Target Value in your Software License Management Program – Receive the Bonus of Compliance

By Brett Husselbaugh, eTelligent Solutions ITAK V9 I3 Most Software License Management programs are based on the common practice of attempting to show compliance on all software titles, and focus on the pursuit of compliance alone instead of the true value‐producing solution of license harvesting and re‐use with a by-product of compliance. The formation of a Managed Software List (MSL), ...

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