TIP OF THE WEEK: Working from home? Don’t forget your licenses!

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#37: Working from home? Don’t forget your licenses!

During these exceptional circumstances that we are all facing, most companies and their employees need to adapt to a different way of working in order to execute all necessary activities. While working from your home office used to be the exception instead of the rule, this situation has now been turned around completely. When you are able to work from your home office, you will do so and luckily we are adapting to this situation in massive numbers!

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| Tags: License Management, License optimisation, ITAM, IT Asset Management, SAM, Software Asset Management

SaaS Management with Service Now

In the New York release of SAM Pro we saw the first version of SaaS Management within the Now Platform as a result of the Vendor Hawk acquisition. This was already very promising but unfortunately only a limited number of SaaS vendors were supported.

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| Tags: ServiceNow, SaaS license connections, SaaS Management, SAM Pro, ServiceNow

TIP OF THE WEEK: Reclaim unused licenses with ServiceNow SAM Pro

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#36: Reclaim unused licenses with ServiceNow SAM Pro 

In most occasions the number one goal for companies to implement SAM/ITAM is to become and to stay compliant. Being able to show that you are compliant can save a lot of money during audits. Companies can even save more money when they are able to lower their consumption numbers. An efficient way to accomplish this is to reclaim unused license entitlements.  

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| Tags: Licentie management, License optimisation, ServiceNow, Software Asset Management, SAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Consider using Spot Virtual Machines

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#35: Consider using Spot Virtual Machines

If reducing the costs of Virtual Machines in the cloud is one of your priorities, you may want to have a look at Spot Virtual Machines. Most organisations have some workloads that are business-critical, while other workloads are significantly less important. It is possible to reduce the costs of those less important workloads by taking advantage of “Spot” Virtual Machines.

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| Tags: Spot Virtual Machines, Virtual Machines, Cloud, Cost savings, IT Asset Management, ITAM, Software Asset Management, SAM, Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Sharpen your license consumption, check your device status

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#34: Sharpen your license consumption, check your device status

Completeness of data is key for IT Asset Management. Companies should always pursue and try to achieve a complete and reliable inventory database (CMDB) before creating compliancy and optimisation reports based on that inventory data.

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| Tags: Asset Management, Data, IT Asset Management, ITAM, License Management, SAM, Software Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Make sure you possess the correct documents to show your proof of license

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#33 Make sure you possess the correct document(s) to show your proof of license

What does a publisher consider to be proof of license? And do you have the related documents available within your organisation? The challenge with software purchases is to stay aligned with Software Asset Management.

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

TIP OF THE WEEK: Create an SAP strategy: essential now more than ever

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#32: Create an SAP contract strategy: essential now more than ever

From an SAP license perspective there are two key developments which should very likely be incorporated into your SAP contract within the next few years:

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| Tags: SAP, Digital Access, License optimisation, License Management, Compliance, Cost savings, Asset Management, IT Asset Management, ITAM, SAM, Software Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Using VMware? Check the changes to the licensing model!

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#31:Using VMware? Check the changes to the licensing model!

VMware announced an important update to their per-CPU pricing model. From April 2nd onwards, the licensing model of VMware will change. Customers who use CPU’s consisting of more than 32 cores will need additional CPU licenses, depending on how many cores a processor consists of. At the moment, VMware makes use of a per-CPU licensing model regardless the number of cores.

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| Tags: VMware, License Management, License optimisation, licensing metrics, IT Asset Management, ITAM, Software Asset Management, SAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Everything and the kitchen sink as a service: Trends an IT asset manager should be aware of

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#30 Everything but the kitchen sink as a service: Trends an IT asset manager should be aware of

In 2020, no matter where you operate, you are confronted with any (and hopefully not all) of these: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS). Publishers offer anything you (n)ever imagined “as a Service”. The list goes on and on, making your life more difficult with every development you read about on LinkedIn.

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TIP OF THE WEEK: Don’t bite off more than you can chew – say nope and scope

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#29: Don’t bite off more than you can chew – say nope and scope

The expression “To bite off more than one can chew”  often comes to mind when dealing with relatively new customers of ITAM services. The expression dates back to nineteenth century America, when a man offered another man a bite of his of chewing tobacco.

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| Tags: Compliance, Cost savings, IT Asset Management, IT processes, ITAM processes, License optimisation, License Management, SAM implementation

TIP OF THE WEEK: Oracle Linux KVM is now accepted as Hard Partitioning technology

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#28: Oracle Linux KVM is now accepted as Hard Partitioning technology

When aiming to limit the number of Oracle Processor licenses required, always take notice of Oracle’s Partitioning Policy. The content however, should remain considered “for educational purposes only”.

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| Tags: Oracle, Linux, Partitioning Policy, IT Asset Management, ITAM, Software Asset Management, SAM

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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| Tags: Audit, Compliance, IBM, IT Asset Management

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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| Tags: IT Asset Management, ITAM, License Management, SAM

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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| Tags: SAP, Software Asset Management, IT Asset Management

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

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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| Tags: ITAM processen, ITAM, SAM, Software Asset Management