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Nine Golden Rules for Software Contract Negotiations – The Complexities and Pitfalls

By Eliot Arlo Colon, Miro Consulting Inc. ITAK V7 I10 The Search for Expertise:  Why In-Depth Knowledge of Specific Software Licensing is Necessary   Far too many organizations are unaware of the intricacies involved in software asset management and complex software licensing negotiation.  One cannot exist without the other. Many large enterprises have either a person or a group of ...

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Leasing IT Hardware – An Insider’s Perspective

By Jenny Schuchert, IAITAM ITAK V7 I2 Leasing IT assets can bring significant financial and operational benefits to an end customer, but only if you follow IAITAM best practices and the advice of your Hardware Asset Manager.  While the operational and logistical issues can be solved by the knowledge, experiences and organizational awareness of the Hardware Asset Manager, the financial ...

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Software Licensing in the Cloud – New Models Add Flexibility to Licensing

By Vincent Brasseur, Flexera Software ITAK Version 6 Issue 7 Cloud computing is all the rage these days, but what exactly is cloud computing?  According to the draft definition from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), “ Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., ...

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Software as a Service – Make the Move With Software Asset Managers, Services Managers and Caution

By Takeshi Takeuchi, IAITAM Japan, Inc. ITAK Volume 6 Issue 6 Editor’s Note:  A 20 year IT veteran and published author on LAN, ITSM and ITAM, Takeshi Takeuchi joined IAITAM earlier this year to head the Japanese office of IAITAM, offering ITAM certification courses as well as other IAITAM resources to Japanese professionals.   Compared to on-premise enterprise IT, Software ...

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Planning Ahead for Microsoft Windows 8 – Windows 7 Promotional History as a Basis for Windows 8 Planning

By Stephen Covert – Highlights for Children ITAK v6 I3 Some organizations have not maintained Software Assurance (for the purposes of this article, maintained the right to upgrade their OS) on their Windows desktop OSs over the last economic downturn.  The organizations who delayed upgrading their PC inventory are now considering upgrading their PCs or Desktop OSs.  By understanding Microsoft’s ...

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No More Wild West – The Importance of a Centralized Software Acquisition Process

By Phara McLachlan, Animus Solutions ITAK V6 I1 Why You Need a Centralized Acquisition Process   A centralized software acquisition process is absolutely indispensable to all organizations for three important reasons:   To control costs: Centralization will help prevent redundant purchases of software already licensed to the company, and ensure that all purchases are made under any volume licensing discounts ...

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Roadmaps for Microsoft Expose Unexpected Cost – How IT Asset Managers Use Microsoft’s Enterprise Software Roadmap

By Jeff Parker, Directions on Microsoft ITAK V6 I1 Is your company using a roadmap to plan its Microsoft purchases? If not, it’s flying blind. Microsoft sells more than 100+ versions of its enteprise products. These products and versions are far more interdependent than most corporate IT planners or purchasing managers realize. Software purchasers who are not aware of these ...

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