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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#9: 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

End of support Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2

On January 14, 2020, the extended support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 will end.  For SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, this will already end on July 9, 2019. 

So, for these versions, there will no longer be any feature and security updates after the end of the support period.

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

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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Check your licensing when welcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2019

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is now available, so it's a good time to have a closer look at the Windows Server licensing.

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Danny Nagtegaal | Tags: Microsoft Windows Server 2019, License Management

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 | Tags: 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 | Tags: SAM Pro module, ServiceNow, Software Asset Management, License Management, SAMtools, Compliance, SAM tool

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 | Tags: Software Asset Management, License Management, Software Management, IT processen, 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 | Tags: 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 | Tags: ISO standard, Software Asset Management, License Management, IT processen, ICT processen, Asset Management, Software Management