SAP have had the right to audit their customers for over 20 years but Gartner have noticed a sudden rise in the amounts of requests they are seeing, from 7% of organizations receiving a request in 2009 to 19% in 2012. Like all software vendors, their main objective is to ensure their customers are compliant, but as they’re a commercial business like everyone else, they may also see a revenue opportunity (not uncommon for any vendor). Once you have received your 30 day notice (more likely to be d... [More]
As we all know software audits can be challenging to deal with and with them on the rise there is now more chance of your organization receiving more than one request each year. There’s also a good chance that one of those requests will be from Adobe as it is currently in the top three vendors most likely to conduct an audit. Recently Adobe has audited a higher proportion of its customers than other vendors with similar revenue, but why? Like all other vendors, Adobe sees resolving noncompliance... [More]
Although Software Asset Management programmes are becoming more common place, it’s important that they evolve to stay ahead of the modern day challenges. Regardless of whether an organization uses a specific SAM tool, outsources it to a third party or simply uses an inventory tool backed by a manual process, it should be embedded at the heart of the company’s IT strategy and continuously evaluated.
Why? Because SAM is about continuous improvement, it’s about maximizing your budgets and enablin... [More]
In our last blog post (for this series) we looked at the main reason people invest in SAM – to help them through a software audit. While this is the main reason in reality, we would argue that there are many other more pressing reasons. Why wait for the knock on the door before fixing the problem?
As we explained in the previous blog post, the transparency that SAM provides over your software usage and software licensing position delivers benefits far beyond simply satisfying a vendor during ... [More]
Each year License Dashboard attends some of the most important Software Asset Management conferences in the world. Exhibiting at these events helps us understand and shape the latest industry trends, gives us the opportunity to meet new people and exposes us to the ever evolving technology world. Events are an ideal opportunity to speak to many people from a variety of industries and backgrounds, whether you’re looking to communicate with specialists or share stories with your peers, you can do ... [More]
Back in 2011, Gartner predicted that the public cloud services subscription period, particularly Software as a Service (SaaS), would shrink from five years to three. Although this prediction has an end date of 2015 we are all seeing that nearly three years in, Gartner were in fact right. With this in mind we thought it would be appropriate to share awareness of their future predictions that, like (SaaS), will affect IT asset life cycles and their management, giving you a heads up of what will be... [More]
Ask someone why they invested in SAM, and 90% of them will tell you it’s because they were facing an audit. An audit is generally the impetus for an organisation’s first SAM purchase (or more accurately, their software inventory purchase. SAM tends to come later). On the face of it it seems like a sensible reason, but should it really be the most common reason? Why so reactive?
Picture the scenario; you’re the IT manager of a medium-sized company with responsibility for 500 us... [More]
The meaning of Software Asset Management (SAM) remains ambiguous and means different things to different people - this can leave organizations confused to the point that they don’t know which way to turn and how to move forward.
At License Dashboard, we believe in simplicity and we’ve set ourselves an ambitious objective – to spread universal SAM clarity across the world! So with that in mind, the License Dashboard team have masterminded a brand new SAM framework which is flexible to cover b... [More]
There seems to be a lot of confusion in the IT industry today as to whether SAM is relevant to the cloud or not. The BSA recently published a report into the role of SAM in cloud computing which I think hits the nail on the head.
Far from eliminating the need for SAM, the cloud makes it more relevant than ever. At the end of the day the cloud is still software, or it is the infrastructure that runs software. Either way, there is software that needs to be effectively licensed and the procurement... [More]
Last Friday 25th October, a very significant court ruling in Germany went largely unnoticed by the global technology press. While a few titles did pick up on its significance (hats off to PC World and later Computer Weekly for their more detailed analysis), it seemed to pass most people by.
Here’s the lowdown. On Friday, the district court of Hamburg ruled against SAP over its case against a German second-user software license reseller, Susensoftware. The court’s decision upheld an ... [More]