Compliance Management

Software Licensing: Changing Terminology without Changing the Lingo

As the software landscape evolves, those in software asset management roles must keep up with the ever changing terms and conditions of software licenses. Perpetual licenses are falling by the wayside and rapidly being replaced by Software as a Service, Cloud, or sometimes a complex licensing metric based on physical hardware. But what about known terminology that may be used ...

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Rules Software Asset Managers Should Follow To Manage Cloud

The next generation of ITAM brings both new opportunities and risks for Software Asset Management. Since Infrastructure as a Service (Azure and AWS), Software as a Service (Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud), Open Source software, and IoT each pose new challenges for organizations, it’s critical that Software Asset Managers take these 3 steps to prepare for upcoming cloud computing ...

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Oracle Verified SAM Tools: Buy With Eyes Wide Open

Managing your IT assets, particularly your software and cloud licenses, has become a top priority for most organizations looking to avoid costly non-compliance problems. Going out of bounds with your licensing can not only cost you money but it can force you into a position where you are buying products you have no intention of using. Managing Oracle licenses are ...

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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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Demystifying the Audit Process

Demystifying the Audit Process The Quest for a More Meaningful and Value-Driven Audit Experience It’s easy to understand why license management never stands still. First there’s the technology itself, and an ever-expanding array of options for how customers procure and deploy products. Then there are the changes in customer expectations, and the demand for software assets that support a more ...

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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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