The License Dashboard Blog

Thought leadership from License Dashboard's team of Licensing experts.

Software Vendor Audits – Is there such a thing as a winning team?

Over the last few months we’ve seen great team work with the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. With the team spirit front of mind, I thought; could organizations create an ‘Olympic’ ITAM team? If you’re involved in the SAM process, no matter your role, it’s a sure thing that during your tenure you’ll be […]

License Dashboard’s guide to Office 365 for Business licenses

As a cloud-based solution, Office 365 for Business offers freedom and flexibility to organisations, but with that flexibility comes complications. The Office 365 admin centre is the out-of-the-box solution designed to aid the IT department’s administration in handling tasks like adding users, editing licenses, and setting services. When it comes to larger or more repetitive […]

True belief and knowledge

When it comes to successfully answering a vendor audit, it’s what you know that is important. You may believe you have a grasp of the licenses your organization purchased, and those beliefs may even turn out to be correct, but in an audit you will need to prove that you know what your organization’s software […]

Understand your software license data to ensure you are reporting correctly

A software license comes in a multitude of forms and from a multitude of suppliers. Proving your entitlement to use this software and understanding the license granted is key to drawing a license compliance position. From Original Equipment Manufacturer licenses (OEM) granted with a hardware purchase, through to Full Packaged Product (FPP) and Site licenses. […]

License Dashboard’s social media takeover: Sam Says

Throughout the month of May, License Dashboard’s friendly mascot, Sam, has taken control of the LD social media channels to post interesting facts about our products and company that our customers, partners and followers may not have come across. In case you missed some of them, here they are in one, easy to read blog […]

Measuring the most basic of ITAM metrics

Accurately tracking the total number of IT assets in an organization plays a fundamental role in the negotiation of IT contracts. The number of desktop computers used in a business, for instance, may guide the negotiation of a licensing agreement, and will be used as a benchmark in any planned business activities, performing a key […]

Managing Software Licensing In the Cloud

As everything seems to gravitate toward IT being delivered in the internet ‘universe’, Enterprises are more and more going to be posed with the difficulty of managing application licenses in the cloud. Succinctly, cloud delivery models that bring with them the most software licensing challenges are Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a […]

Taming the beast they call SAM

The Ideal Imagine it: An up-to-date Effective License Position (ELP) for every single one of the multitude of products in use within your organization, and the controls in place to deliver cost-avoidances and cost-savings. Sounds ideal but is it achievable? Unfortunately, it probably isn’t. Sure, if your relatively small organization only uses Microsoft Office alongside […]

Inventory Data Management – Discover what is Deployed Across your Organization

Inventory data management, aka discovery data management, is Software Asset Management’s foundation – only when you have discovered all your assets can you efficiently monitor and manage them. Producing inventory data can seem like a straightforward, one-tool process, but realistically, organizations need to employ multiple information with purchase records. That way, they can see exactly […]

Reading Terms and Conditions

It’s been all over industry news this week but in case you missed it, the court date has been set for the ongoing conflict between Oracle and Google. In 2012 the companies went to trial over Google’s use of Java in Android, with the jury finding that Google had infringed Oracle’s copyrights – although, they […]