TIP OF THE WEEK: Determine the financial impact of your scope before you start implementing ITAM

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#7: Determine the financial impact of your scope before you start implementing ITAM

When an organisation wants to implement ITAM, one of the first major questions is: what do you actually want to achieve, in what timeframe and with what amount of resources? 

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: IT Asset Management, SAM Assessments, House of ITAM®, ISO standard

TIP OF THE WEEK - Use ISO for better alignment & integration

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#6: Use ISO for better alignment & integration

With the introduction of the ISO /IEC 19770-1 standard for ITAM a basis is provided to achieve better alignment and integration between ITAM or SAM processes and processes related to other ISO systems. 

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: Software Asset Management, House of ITAM®, ITAM, ISO standard

TIP OF THE WEEK: Oracle Java - Consider license implications

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#5: Oracle-Java: consider license implications

Following the changes Oracle made to the release cadence for Java, one needs to decide on their upgrade path: upgrade every six months or buy Subscription Licenses for a Long Term Support (LTS) version. As constantly upgrading looks to be a real challenge, the license implications of an LTS version need to be considered.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: Software Asset Management, License Management, Oracle, Strategy, Java, License optimisation, Oracle Java SE, Long-Term-Support, Oracle Java SE Subscription

TIP OF THE WEEK: Implement an Audit Defence Policy to stay in control

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#4: Implement an Audit Defence Policy to stay in control

Organisations are trying to keep up to date with ever-changing licensing rules and stay in control of their license position. At the same time, publishers attempt to (re)capture revenue on existing licenses, using audits as a method.

It pays off to treat a software audit as a serious financial risk. Being prepared and ready is critical, and by adopting the right strategy you can even achieve cost savings.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: Software Asset Management, License Management, IT processen, Audit, Licentiemanagement, Compliance, SAM implementation, Software Asset Management proces, kostenbesparing, ISO/IEC: 19770

TIP OF THE WEEK: Create awareness when you want to successfully implement SAM

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#3: Create awareness for SAM when you want to successfully implement SAM

A successful implementation of SAM requires a communication plan, not just a series of memo’s! You have started implementing Software Asset Management, and everyone involved is fully aligned because you have sent out not just 1, but 3 memo’s! Your planning board with expiring deadlines of your top 20 software publisher contracts is nailed to the wall. Nothing stands in the way of booking great successes to achieve your SAM objectives. Or does it?

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: Software Asset Management, IT processen, House of ITAM®, SAM implementation, Software Asset Management proces, Strategy

TIP OF THE WEEK: IBM acquisitions

Every week we share with you our expert TIP.
#2: Remember the IBM related acquisitions

Both the acquisition of Red Hat by IBM as well as the acquisition of several IBM products by HCL have recently been closed.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: License Management, Software Asset Management, IBM, Licentiemanagement, Compliance, ITAM, Red Hat

TIP OF THE WEEK - ORACLE Java

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#1: Oracle-Java; Determine the impact before you act!

If you were using Java SE with the use of commercial features, and/or JAVA versions that have NO public updates anymore, a license was probably already required.  That did not change, but what did?

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: Oracle, Compliance, Java, License optimisation, Oracle Java SE, Cost savings

Oracle: Tijd voor uw contractverlenging

Met nog slechts 3 weken voordat Oracle’s fiscale jaar afloopt, doen de Oracle Sales-teams steeds meer hun best om deals te sluiten om hun omzetdoelstelling te halen. Ze hebben waarschijnlijk al contact met u opgenomen om te zien of u nog meer producten nodig heeft, of ze u (gedeeltelijk) naar de cloud kunnen migreren of om u over te halen om uw Maintenance & Support (M&S) contracten te verlengen, (die vaak ook eind mei aflopen).

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Alex Brouwer | Keywords: Software Asset Management, beheer software, Oracle, Licentiemanagement, Compliance, Strategie, kostenbesparing, Licentie optimalisatie

Einde van ondersteuning Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 en Windows Server 2008/2008 R2

Op 14 januari 2020 eindigt de uitgebreide ondersteuning voor Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2008 R2. Voor SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 wordt dit al beëindigd op 9 juli 2019. 

Dus, voor deze versies zullen er na het einde van de ondersteuningsperiode geen functies en beveiligingsupdates meer zijn.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: Microsoft, SQL Server, Compliance, Windows Server 2008/ 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008/ 2008 R2

ServiceNow Madrid release

¡Hola, Madrid! The new NowPlatform® Madrid release has just been launched, welcoming a significant and innovative leap forward for ServiceNow and their customers. 

There are many new products introduced in Madrid, and additional features were added to existing ServiceNow products. In this blog we are happy to highlight the significant improvements around the Software Asset Management module of ServiceNow SAM Pro.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2019: hoe zit het met de licentiëring?

Inmiddels is Microsoft Windows Server 2019 verkrijgbaar, het is daarom een goed moment om te kijken hoe het zit met de licentiëring voor Windows Server.

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Danny Nagtegaal | Keywords: Windows Server, License Management, Microsoft, Compliance, beheer software

What about Java…

Times are changing for Java SE (the collective name for JDK, JRE, Java SDK), but what will actually change and what will be the consequences? In this blog, Softline Solutions sheds light on this topic.

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Matthias van Beeren | Keywords: Java, License Management, Software Asset Management, Oracle

This is why existing ServiceNow ITSM customers should use ServiceNow SAM Pro

A lot of organisations buy a Software Asset Management tool, but are not successful in achieving their SAM goals. As an existing user of ServiceNow who is looking at implementing or improving SAM, the new ServiceNow SAM Pro module should be on the top of your list.

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Martijn Braamskamp | Keywords: License Management, Software Asset Management, SAM tool, ServiceNow, SAM Pro module, Compliance

Moving from SAM to ITAM: Repositioning of processes and tiers

(Part 3 of 3) In our previous blogs you could read how the new ISO standard moved from SAM to ITAM, and how it changed from ‘processes and tiered assessment’ to an ‘IT Asset Management system’. In this third, and last, blog we explain how the processes and tiers have been repositioned.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: Software Asset Management, License Management, Software Management, IT processen, ICT processen, Licentiemanagement, Software Asset Management proces, ISO/IEC: 19770, ISO standard

IBM Red Hat Acquisition: How to prepare your ITAM organisation?

On October 28th, IBM announced their acquisition of Red Hat. What will this mean for SAM/ITAM? We dove into the subject, and we have some recommendations for you.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: IBM, Red Hat, Software Asset Management, License Management, Software Management

Change from ‘processes and tiered assessment’ to an ‘IT Asset Management system’

(Part 2 of 3) Last month, we published the first part of our series of blogs on "Moving from SAM to ITAM". In this second blog, we elaborate on the how the new ISO standard is designed as an IT Asset Management system.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: ISO standard, Software Asset Management, License Management, IT processen, ICT processen, Asset Management, Software Management

ISO/IEC 19770-1:2017 moving from SAM to ITAM

(Part 1 of 3) At the end of 2017 the 3rd edition of ISO/IEC 19770-1 has been published. The 2017 edition supersedes and replaces the 2012 version which has been the basis for our House of SAM®, and introduces our new House of ITAM®
You might be also interested in the 2nd part of this blog series where we discuss the change from ‘processes and tiered assessment’ to an ‘IT Asset Management system’.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: ITAM, ISO/IEC: 19770, Software Asset Management, IT processen, License Management, SAM tools

ServiceNOW London release

Welcome to London! The new ServiceNow software release called “London” is now available, offering new capabilities specifically created and developed to deliver powerful intelligence across the enterprise.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: ServiceNow, SAM Pro module, Software Asset Management, SAMtools

Betaalt u teveel voor uw softwarelandschap?

De kans is groot dat u op dit moment teveel betaalt voor uw softwarelandschap of dat u niet voldoet aan de regels die softwarefabrikanten hebben opgesteld in het contract. Echter, veel organisaties weten niet dat dit het geval is. Simpelweg omdat er een gebrek aan controle, een gebrek aan kennis en uiteindelijk dus een gebrek aan inzicht is.

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Softline Solutions | Keywords: Software Asset Management, beheer software, IT processen, SAM tool, Snow, Licentiemanagement, Compliance, Software Asset Management proces, House of ITAM®

7 Succesfactoren voor optimaal gebruik van SAM tooling

Als u besluit om uw SAM processen te ondersteunen met een SAM tool, wilt u er zeker van zijn dat deze tool optimaal wordt ingezet. De informatie die uit de tool kan worden gehaald moet accuraat en compleet zijn om een goed beeld te geven van uw compliance positie. Alleen dan kunt u de juiste maatregelen nemen om compliance risico’s te managen en eventuele kostenbesparingen door te voeren.

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Ronald Schreur | Keywords: License Management, beheer software, IT processen, IT beheer, Software inventarisatie tool, SAMtools, Flexera Flexnet Manager