Compliance Management

Deliver value faster by running SAM on a single architecture

For a majority of SAM practitioners, managing software assets (both on-premise and in the cloud) has primarily been done using lengthy, manual processes on an excel spreadsheet or with external legacy SAM solutions. The next generation of IT asset management has replaced traditional SAM practices by introducing the new method of running SAM on a Single System of Action—in the ...

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The CMDB Needs To Die

The Configuration Management Database (CMDB) has a wretched reputation of overpromising and underdelivering. When originally proposed in the early 21st Century, CMDBs promised to allow IT service managers to anticipate problems and devise solutions by centralizing all the relevant information about the computing environment in one space. But current installations and offerings prove to be very manual, full of inaccurate ...

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Why Organizations Struggle to Mature ITAM & SAM Capabilities

There are many different maturity models for both ITAM and SAM, developed by different organisations and vendors and Snow is no different (see fig. 1 for what Snow has developed over the last year). These models are often structured in terms of number of levels, descriptions and terminology but the general principle is that they provide a way to help ...

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Software Asset Management in Outsourcing Services

Responsibility for Software Asset Management in company providing IT outsourcing services can be challenging. In this article I would like to share key terms which can be helpful for Software Asset Management professionals working for IT Service Providers. OUTSOURCING CONTRACT Outsourcing contract is a contract signed between Customer and Service Provider where subject to delivery is a service. Examples of ...

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Oracle Database 18c: What’s New

Oracle Database 18c was introduced in late 2017 by Larry Ellison, Oracle’s executive chairman and CTO, as ‘a big thing’. Oracle Database 18c, also called the “Oracle Autonomous Database”, automates security, provisioning and error handling. Oracle calls it “self-driving” because end users can define their desired service levels, and the database makes it happen – it handles failover and protects ...

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Are you compliant with your Oracle ULA in the Public Cloud?

Approximately 10 years ago, Oracle Corporation started to sell the right to make use of its software programs in a so-called “all you can eat” type of agreement called “Unlimited License Agreement” (ULA). An Unlimited License Agreement provides an end user the right to unlimitedly deploy and use a limited amount of Oracle programs for a limited period of time. ...

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Improving the Audit Experience

“I am a rock, I am an island,” sang Simon and Garfunkel. Obviously they never got to work in IT audit. No, being a licensing professional today is very much about collaborative endeavor, and supporting business practices and strategies aimed at placing technology at the very center of the enterprise. Hence why we hear the word ‘transformation’ being bandied about ...

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BEWARE of the New IBM Changes in your PPA Agreement

IBM quietly makes subtle changes to the International Passport Advantage Agreement (IPAA), which is the primary vehicle to purchase IBM middleware products such as DB2 and Websphere. The changes come with very little, if any, communication by their account team with their clients. The first time most customers are made aware of the financial impact and business risk of these ...

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Where are My IT Assets?

At Radiant, we define Asset Accountability as an operational standard achieved when assets accurately self-report: that they exist; that the organization still owns them, and where they are. As organizations grow and acquire assets, accountability gaps can create significant challenges. Enterprise Accountability Challenges For enterprise organization, asset accountability challenges impact the entire organization and create risk in the areas of: ...

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Extended And Unpredictable License Requirements

Nearly all organisations depend on software for their business, regardless of what their business is. The software that is used provide great benefits; efficiency, involving and interacting with customers and business partners, shipping and invoicing, production to name but a few. But sometimes there are, as the title suggests, problems, and that is when the license requirements are extended or ...

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