TIP Of THE WEEK: Take notice of Microsoft’s SQL Server changed fail-over rights

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#18: Take notice of Microsoft’s SQL Server changed fail-over rights

With the release of Microsoft SQL Server 2019, some changes regarding High-Availability and Disaster Recovery have been introduced. For your SQL server estate, whether consisting of Standard edition or Enterprise edition, this might bring you some benefits.

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TIP OF THE WEEK: Include Cloud Optimisation in your IT Asset Management

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#17: Include Cloud Optimisation into your IT Asset Management

The increasing migration of apps, platforms and infrastructure into large data centre and cloud environments and the transformation of traditional on-premise offerings into Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions is forcing companies to re-evaluate the individual areas of ITAM and related integrated processes. Each solution requires a closer look to responsibilities and accountabilities as well.

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TIP of the WEEK: Get a bit of flexibility from the IBM FlexPoint licensing metric

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#16: Get a bit of flexibility from the IBM FlexPoint licensing metric

In 2018 IBM introduced a new license consumption model named FlexPoint, which may be interesting to use within your environment. Making use of the FlexPoint model provides certain flexibility. An organisation is able to buy entitlements to various capabilities in FlexPoints, which do not expire and can be applied to any product within the portfolio bundle as the needs of the business evolve over time.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: IBM, FlexPoint, licensing metrics, License Management, License optimisation, Asset Management, IT Asset Management, ITAM, SAM, Software Asset Management

TIP of the WEEK: Don’t forget to consider the Oracle Partitioning Policy (Virtualization)

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#15: Don’t forget to consider the Oracle Partitioning Policy

Partitioning brings the largest financial risks for any organisation using Oracle software. However, it is the most difficult one to tackle! Oracle will always refer to their own Partitioning Policy document when Partitioning or Virtualization is in place so be aware of the contents and a correct interpretation.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: Asset Management, Compliance, License Management, Software Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Plan & prepare to save money with your next IBM renewal

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#14: Plan & prepare to save money with your next IBM renewal

Since your active IBM Subscription & Support (S&S) may expire soon, it is a good idea to start planning and preparing right away. Careful planning and thorough preparation will probably save you a lot of money on a yearly basis. In many cases, organisations plan their renewals too late, which means they are forced to renew the same numbers and products as the year before. This is often too expensive and unnecessary.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: IBM, Cost savings, renewal, License optimisation, License Management, SAM, Software Asset Management, IT Asset Management, ITAM, Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Save costs on SAP licensing by using validated information

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#13: Save costs on SAP licensing by using validated information

Many useful articles have been written about how to save costs on SAP licensing. But how to make a quick start and realise important quick wins? This article will help you to make a quick start with saving costs on SAP Licensing by tracing and validating different kinds of necessary information. We already have them summarised for you:

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Softline Solutions | Tags: Asset Management, Cost savings, IT Asset Management, ITAM, License Management, SAP, Software Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Get your Asset verification in order!

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#12: Get your Asset verification in order!

How do you know your IT Asset data is complete and correct? Do you need to make assumptions or do you have solid proof? How valuable would it be to be able to rely on trustworthy data that can be used for license position reports, security reports, risk analyses, financial budgeting, negotiations, contract renewals and even audits?

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Softline Solutions | Tags: Asset verification, Verification, Asset Management, Software Asset Management, IT Asset Management, ITAM, License Management, Compliance, Cost savings

TIP OF THE WEEK: Combine Softline’s probe with ServiceNow Discovery to determine Oracle Java on Linux platforms

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#11: Combine Softline’s probe with ServiceNow Discovery to determine Oracle Java on Linux platforms as well

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Softline Solutions | Tags: Compliance, Java, License Management, Oracle, SAM tool, SAM tools, ServiceNow

Oracle Java detection with ServiceNow!

Since Oracle changed their Java licensing rules and customers might be obliged to purchase a commercial license for their Java installations, it becomes a real challenge to detect and correctly interpret all Oracle Java software present on the infrastructure of your organisation and determine your actual Java license need.

Determining the correct update level for your Java installations might be on top of your list. It is also important to determine whether an installation is covered by other Oracle Software installations or even by third-party software installations. Next to that, Oracle’s license metric definitions need to be applied to the software that has been discovered. Meaning all processors or users need to be identified and counted against Oracle’s licensing conditions. This means keeping in mind all Oracle’s licensing rules including Oracle’s Partitioning Policy.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: Compliance, Java, License Management, Oracle, SAM tool, SAM tools, ServiceNow

TIP OF THE WEEK: Audit Rights - Consider the changes Oracle made

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#10: Audit Rights - Consider the changes Oracle made

Last April, Oracle included a revised Audit Clause into their standard OMA (Oracle Master Agreement) and Order Docs. For the first time in decades, Oracle LMS (nowadays, a part of the Global License Advisory Services – GLAS – Department, together with SIA) made a change to this clause. The implications of these changes really need to be considered.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: Oracle, Software Asset Management, License Management, Audit, Compliance

TIP OF THE WEEK: use PDCA-cycles to achieve continuous improvement in ITAM

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#9: use PDCA-cycles to achieve continuous improvement in ITAM

Management processes provide a foundation on which specific ITAM processes can be defined. This so-called Management System follows the ISO structure, called High Level Structure (HLS). Next to the ISO19770-1 standard for ITAM, other ISO standards apply to this HLS as well, thus providing a common ‘language’ between various disciplines. This makes it easier to integrate ITAM processes with other ISO processes.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: ITAM processes, IT processes, Strategy, PDCA cycle, IT Asset Management, ITAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Oracle Java - Java: Consider security risks!

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#8: Oracle Java: Consider security risks!

Java is one of the pieces of the "Security" puzzle and if the Java environment is not secure, your security challenges cannot be solved completely.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: Java, Oracle

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 | Tags: House of ITAM®, ITAM, ISO standard, IT Asset Management

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

TIP OF THE WEEK: IBM acquisitions

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#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 | Tags: 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 | Tags: Oracle, Compliance, Java, License optimisation, Oracle Java SE, Cost savings

Oracle: Time to Deal with your Contract Renewals

Only 3 weeks before Oracle’s Fiscal year ends, so the Oracle Sales teams are increasingly putting effort in making some deals to meet their forecast. They probably already contacted you to see if you need any additional products, can move you (partly) to the cloud or push you to renew your Maintenance & Support (M&S) contracts, often expiring end of May as well.

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Alex Brouwer | Tags: License Management, Software Asset Management, Oracle, Compliance, Strategy, License optimisation, Cost savings