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Compliance Management

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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The Prescription for a Painless Audit – Preparing and Preventing Software Audits

By Frank Venezia & Steffani Lomax, Siwel Consulting ITAK V9 I10 For the past several years, software audits have been on the rise and continue to increase.  Historically, software publishers were more inclined to audit their customers during economic downturns, such as after the .com bubble burst of 2000 or the stock market crash of 2008.  However, statistics show that ...

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Do System Administrators Need an MSDN? – Untangling Microsoft Developer Network’s (MSDN) Licensing

By John G. Grubb, SoftwareAdvocates ITAK V9 I9 The Microsoft Developer Network, better known as MSDN, is one of Microsoft’s most fascinating and misunderstood products.  Over my 15 years at Microsoft, I experienced many new MSDN launches, and each brought new and exciting features.  As the product has matured over the years, adoption has soared.  Keep in mind that much ...

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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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