Compliance Management

Self-Service Software Portals – What Features are Important?

By Brett Husselbaugh, eTelligent Solutions ITAK V8 I7 Many of the businesses that we speak with regarding their ITAM/SAM requirements have, or are in the process, of implementing some form of self-service request system, with one of the items that can be requested being software.   The driver is typically in response to user demand and/or the desire to reduce ticket ...

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Adobe Licensing and the Cloud – Cloud Subscriptions Take Center Stage

By Michelle Estes, Miro Consulting ITAK V8 I7 Progress is impossible without change. George Bernard Shaw An energetic mix of delight and anxiety has greeted the major update to Adobe® Creative Cloud announced last May at Adobe MAX, The Creative Conference.  The delight centered around several new “CC” desktop applications, enhanced cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities, and a series of ...

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License Compliance Offerings with Microsoft – Software Asset Management Services Overview

By Curtis Browne, Directions on Microsoft ITAK V8 I6 With increasing frequency, customers using software from Microsoft will be asked to verify license compliance through a Software Asset Management (SAM) Baseline engagement, one of the three SAM Services program offerings from Microsoft.  Often perceived as an audit, a SAM Baseline engagement may cause business disruption by consuming people’s time and ...

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License Management for Desktop Virtualization – Managing a Compliant Desktop Landscape

By John Emmitt & Vincent Brasseur, Flexera Software ITAK V8 I6 The adoption of new technologies such as desktop virtualization (e.g. Citrix® XenDesktop®, VMware® Horizon ViewTM) has radically changed the desktop landscape making software license compliance and license optimization even more difficult. The challenge of tracking application installation and usage in this environment combined with ever changing, complex or undocumented ...

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Never Underestimate the EULA – There May be More Than Meets The Eye

By Dan Ingouf, IAITAM ITAK V8 I6 It is easy to minimize the importance of End User License Agreements (EULAs) because they are so commonplace.  They are regularly seen as the pop-ups on our e-device’s screens at the beginning of almost every software down-loading process.  A person whose profession does not involve IT Asset Management reacts to a EULA quite ...

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Your Software License Entitlements – Tracking, Managing, and Understanding Them

By Selina Strait, SoftwareONE ITAK V8 I5 For the past seven years, I have been helping customers to understand their license position and take steps towards implementing software asset management.  During this time, I have gained in depth insight into the complexities associated with, as well as the importance of, tracking, managing, and understanding software license entitlements. While organizations have ...

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Strategies for Software License Optimization – Product Use Rights, Virtualization Rights and Usage Based Opportunities

By John Emmitt & Sally Snow, Flexera Software ITAK V8 I4 Software License Optimization is the ongoing process of proactively managing the software estate, throughout the software product lifecycle, to maximize utilization of assets, reduce costs and maintain license compliance.  It extends beyond traditional software asset management (SAM) to incorporate strategies, and the tools to support them, to fully leverage ...

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The ITAM and SAM (R)evolution – Megatrends Changing the Program

By Dr. Jan Hachenberger, KPMG ITAK V8 I3 Three decades ago, the IT budget was primarily assigned for the acquisition and maintenance of IT infrastructure.  Software was part of IT infrastructure as an embedded system or solution running on mainframes. IT infrastructure came as high-priced capital assets with significant strategic and economic value for businesses. It had to be planned, ...

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Software Metering – Navigating What it Means and How Much is Enough

By Russell Parker, Golden Ratio Inc. ITAK V8 I3 Answering how much software metering is enough is complicated by the fact that “software metering” can mean a number of different things, particularly when looking at the differences between “desktop” vs. “server” software.  Even when limiting what we look at to just “desktop software,” the variance is large.  In some cases, ...

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