TIP OF THE WEEK: Microsoft Product Terms, minor change, major impact?

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#47: Microsoft Product Terms, minor change, major impact?

From an ITAM point of view, you would like to have a solid overview of your license entitlements, including their use rights and rules. But sometimes it's hard to keep track of everything that changes in the world of "licenses". Take the change in the Microsoft Product Terms of May 2020 for example: A minor change with a much larger impact than you may expect at first glance.

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| Tags: Microsoft, License Management, licensing metrics, Software Asset Management, IT Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: The robots are coming… helping you with ITAM!

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#46: The robots are coming… helping you with ITAM!

During the years we have all gotten used to working with applications that assist us with our day to day activities, periodic reports and even automate our business processes. Within the ITAM domain specifically, we work with applications that help us identify risks and spend optimisation opportunities. However, ....

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| Tags: Robotic Process Automation, Hyperautomation, License Management, IT Asset Management, ITAM, ITAM processes, SAM, SAM processes, Software Asset Management, Software Asset Management process

TIP OF THE WEEK: Kickstarting Application Portfolio Management with Flexera Data Platform

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#45: Kickstarting Application Portfolio Management with Flexera Data Platform

In earlier tips, blogs and even e-books we have shared our insights about the importance and benefits of Application Portfolio Management. By now, you are most likely convinced APM is a surefire way to save costs for your organisation too. For all but the simplest of IT infrastructures, some kind of tooling is needed to manage application titles, versions, editions and the APM status assigned.

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| Tags: APM, Application Portfolio Management, Flexera Data Platform, Flexera, ITAM, IT Asset Management, SAM, Software Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: Create business awareness for ITAM

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#44: Create business awareness for ITAM

Are you struggling to get more business involvement towards ITAM, and create business awareness for financial IT risks and spend optimisation?

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| Tags: Business case, Spend optimisation, IT Asset Management, ITAM, ITAM processen, SAM, SAM processes, Software Asset Management

TIP OF THE WEEK: The TCO of trustworthy Data

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#43: The TCO of trustworthy Data

When it comes to IT assets, we’re usually talking about contracts, licenses, datacentres, hardware, etc. In other words, tangible elements in the IT environment that represent a financial value. But… your most valuable asset might not be considered an actual asset.

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

TIP OF THE WEEK: ITAM is not a project!

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#42: ITAM is not a project!

Many SAM / ITAM projects start with a tool implementation, followed by onboarding a number of publishers in the implemented tool. Sometimes followed by an ITAM assessment, process design and implementation.

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

TIP OF THE WEEK: No ITAM processes or ITAM tooling = missing out on cost savings!

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#41: No ITAM processes or ITAM tooling = missing out on cost savings!

Lowering IT spend has been a staple on the CIO’s to-do list for years, and the current crisis has lead IT cost savings to rise even higher to the top of that list. Stepping up your IT asset management game may be your ticket to ticking off this particular box.

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| Tags: Cost savings, ITAM processes, ITAM Tooling, Software Asset Management process, SAM tool, IT Asset Management, ITAM, Software Asset Management, SAM

TIP OF THE WEEK: Reclaim unused licenses using Tanium

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#40: Reclaim unused licenses using Tanium

The initial motivation for companies implementing SAM/ITAM is usually to become and stay compliant. A good place to start, as making sure consumption numbers do not exceed entitlements can save a lot of money during audits. However, companies can save even more on their operational expenditures by further lowering their consumption number. An efficient way to accomplish this is to reclaim unused license entitlements.

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

TIP OF THE WEEK: How to get started with application rationalisation

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#39: How to get started with application rationalisation

As the IT Asset Management industry is maturing, we at Softline Solutions see our clients reaching new levels of maturity as well. Many of our clients have entered the twenties having the basics down, with a clear overview of their installed base and the registration of their entitlements, and processes in place to make sure audits don’t have unexpected or even unpleasant outcomes. So now, a logical step is...

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

TIP OF THE WEEK: Time for an IBM Health Update

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#38: Time for an IBM Health Update

Recently, IBM changed their supported virtualization technologies for Sub-capacity Licensing. As IBM frequently updates their support conditions, sub-capacity regulations, audit approach methods and more, this is an excellent opportunity to evaluate your IBM license position.

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

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 ServiceNow

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