TIP OF THE WEEK: IBM 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


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

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

Are you paying too much for your software environment?

There is a good chance that you are currently paying too much for your software environment or that you are not in compliance with the rules that software manufacturers have drawn up in their contracts. However, many organisations are not aware of this. Purely because there is a lack of control, a lack of knowledge and, consequently, a lack of insight.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: Software Asset Management proces, SAM implementation, Software Asset Management, Compliance, House of ITAM®, Snow, License Management

Second hand licenses: Make money with SAM

In July 2012 the European court of Justice ruled that the trading of “used” software licences is legal and that the author of such software cannot oppose any resale. Since then, many organisations have followed the path of buying and selling licenses to stay compliant. This sounds easy, and definitely could be. 

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Martijn Braamskamp | Tags: License Management, Software Management, Software Asset Management, SAM tool, Compliance

Happy World Standards Day!

Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. One of those standards is the ISO/IEC 19.770-1 for the Software Asset Management process. As with many of the process frameworks, organisations struggle with the practical implementation and securing of the roles and responsibility in the existing organisation.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: IT processen, Software Asset Management, ICT processen

Celebrating successes on IBM compliance, control and million Euro cost savings

Softline Solutions’ IBM licensing expert Jan van Kempen can look back on an extremely successful first half of 2017 where he unearthed savings potentials on IBM licenses of between 200.000 and 3 million Euro’s for several of our customers. Thus creating the best ROI ever for the customer on the consultancy costs.

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Softline Solutions | Tags: Cost savings, License Management, IBM, Software Asset Management, License optimisation

IBM Virtualisation: Sub-capacity vs. Full-capacity, know your potential savings!

Because of technical developments in the infrastructure, your organisation has changed over the last years and you adapted many of these necessary changes. Concepts such as scalability, security, optimal flexibility, accountability and availability are not strange to you. In particular, virtualisation has seen a strong development in recent years and it might also have been implemented in your company. The majority of your servers probably runs in a virtualised environment.

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Jan van Kempen | Tags: Software Asset Management, Flexera Flexnet Manager, IBM, License Management

Communication is crucial and this also applies to a successful SAM policy!

“The biggest single problem in communication is the illusion it has taken place” – George Bernard Shaw

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Ingrid Roodenburg | Tags: Software Asset Management, SAMtools, Software Management, IT outsourcing, SAM as a Service, Servicedesk software, Asset Management, SAM tools, SAM tool, Uitbesteden, Outsourcing, Software inventarisatie tool, Software inventarisatie, beheer software, SAM tool, ICT beheer