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In case you missed it, Part 1 was about the Top 10 Activities to Getting Started in a SAM tool deployment. Several things can set back your Software Asset Management project. Hopefully, you've thought of them already, but just in case, I've detailed the most common and important issues I've encountered: Executive support. SAM projects are wide ranging and could have impacts on people and process across the organisation, so make sure you have support or at least awareness at a high enough … [Read more...]
Wait, before you shoot me down just let me explain. Software license management is now a major industry with many strong software companies competing around the same proposition. Everybody has heard the horror stories of audits and the major fines that have been levied against companies for either not having control over their licenses or using them incorrectly. The providers of software don't make this any easier with complex license models which seem to constantly change. So, it's obvious … [Read more...]
Along with the certainties in life like death and taxes, companies will always be borrowing money. Over the past 9 years, the Fed has set interest rates at historic lows. Companies took advantage of these low interest rates to expand their business and make significant investments. Even hugely profitable companies like Apple borrowed money because it was so cheap to do so. But what happens when it is more expensive to borrow money now than it was 2 years ago? Companies will either have to … [Read more...]
With global trade tensions and uncertainty looming over the American political environment and its geopolitical views, let's focus on how tariffs could affect an enterprise's hardware and software costs. According to the New York Times, the White House has assured Apple and other American IT providers that no new tariffs will be created. However, if things change and tariffs are enacted, what could be their impact? Tariff Impacts to IT Departments Laptop costs will rise. Most parts of … [Read more...]
In an article published in CIO.com, 75% of enterprises are found to be out of compliance, with the biggest vendor normally being Microsoft. Every enterprise should be prepared if a software vendor audit were to occur. These are four majors steps an organization can take in performing a self-audit to prepare for a real audit: Take a baseline inventory of all installed software, as well as related usage. Don't forget off-network devices, virtualized applications, and IT assets for which ASNs … [Read more...]