TIP of the WEEK: check out the HCL BigFix support for IBM Sub-capacity conditions

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#27: check out the HCL BigFix support for IBM Sub-capacity conditions 

Since June 30th 2019 BigFix has become an HCL product. What does this mean for your IBM Sub-capacity support and reporting obligations conform Passport Advantage agreement (PA)?

IBM’s default is based on Full-capacity, but in most cases Sub-capacity is financially very attractive.

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| Tags: IBM, Cost savings, License optimisation, License Management, Compliance, Asset Management, ITAM, IT Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Processes first!

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#26: Processes first!

Did you recently implement some kind of ITAM tooling or Cloud management tooling to manage your IT assets? Then we would like to ask you some questions:

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| Tags: best practices, ITAM, IT Asset Management, ITAM processes, SAM, Software Asset Management, Software Asset Management process

TIP OF THE WEEK: IBM’s new audit approach IASP, what does it mean?

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#25: IBM’s new audit approach IASP, what does it mean? 

Early 2019 IBM “announced” a new, more friendly approach to their traditional license compliance verification. The new program is called IBM Authorized SAM Provider (IASP) Offering. This program is on invitation basis only and so far about 30 customers signed up worldwide. IBM’s main objective for this program is to increase customer satisfaction.

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TIP OF THE WEEK: Calculate the amount of FTE needed before taking the next step in ITAM maturity

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#24: Calculate the amount of FTE needed before taking the next step in ITAM maturity

Starting with IT Asset Management to achieve software compliance? Or, ready to make the next step to a further reduction of risks, to accomplish even more cost avoidance or to achieve cost savings by extending the scope of ITAM with more publishers or more IT asset types?

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TIP OF THE WEEK: SAP is on the move. Shouldn't you?

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#23: SAP is on the move. Shouldn't you?

We know them by heart, the criticisms around SAP licensing. Lack of understanding, complexity of contracts and use rights, and inadequate license management tooling. Over the last years, SAP launched several initiatives in response to these criticisms.

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TIP OF THE WEEK: IT Asset Managers, claim your seat at the table in portfolio boards!

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#22 IT Asset Managers, claim your seat at the table in portfolio boards!

The purpose of any portfolio management practice is to ensure that an organisation has the right mix of programmes, products and services to execute the organisations’ strategy. To reach this objective, IT Asset Management needs to reach out and claim an active role within Portfolio management.

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IT Asset Managers, claim your seat at the table in portfolio boards!

The purpose of any portfolio management practice is to ensure that an organisation has the right mix of programmes, products and services to execute the organisations’ strategy. To reach this objective, IT Asset Management needs to reach out and claim an active role within Portfolio management.

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Jan van Kalkeren | Tags: Portfolio Management, IT Asset Management, ITAM, ITAM processes, Software Asset Management, SAM, Software Asset Management process

Flexera FlexNet Manager Suite 2019 R2 release... What's new?

With the release of FNMS2019R2, Flexera introduces new functionalities as well as many bugfixes. In this article, the focus lies on the product enhancements FNMS2019R2 brings. 

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Ronald Schreur | Tags: Flexera, Software Asset Management

TIP of the WEEK: It's not all about Licensing & Compliance

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#21 It's not all about Licensing & Compliance

In a lot of our "Tip of the week" releases, we talked about license compliance, SAM/ITAM tooling or experiences with big software companies.

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TIP of the WEEK: IBM's new Cloud Paks Cloud-native & optimised for RedHat OpenShift

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#20 IBM's new Cloud Paks Cloud-native & optimised for RedHat OpenShift

IBM recently announced that it has transformed its software portfolio to be cloud-native and has optimised it to run on Red Hat OpenShift. This is the first main product announcement since the Red Hat acquisition. Customers are now able to build mission critical applications once and run them within all leading public clouds, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba and IBM Cloud as well as within private clouds.

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TIP OF THE WEEK: Hook 'em up to ITAM

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#19: Hook 'em up to ITAM!

Do you run any ITAM tooling within your (large) company? Does your tooling cover enough of your estate? Is every department or subsidiary connected? Many large companies are dealing with "blind spots" related to their ITAM discovery & inventory, causing an inconsistent view on their license position.

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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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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