The License Dashboard Blog

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

Managing your Microsoft Licenses in Preparation for a Software Audit


As we have been explaining throughout the latest blog posts, software vendors have increased the amount of audits they preform and Microsoft is no different. We have noticed the most common reason for an audit is money (which we can’t blame vendors for, this is a business!), closely followed by compliance – software vendors aren’t […]




Dealing with the Three Main Challenges of Managing your IBM Estate


The latest industry research shows IBM to be the most prolific auditor of late – (with them conducting 55% of audits in 2012) and we’ve identified three main challenges when it comes to managing IBM estates: Challenge 1 – understanding acronyms & keeping up to date with license changes We have seen more and more […]




Are You Prepared for your SAP Annual Audit?


SAP have had the right to audit their customers for over 20 years but research shows 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 […]




Adobe Audits on the rise


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.




Adobe Audits on the Rise – Be Prepared


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 […]




Taking your SAM Programme to the Next Level


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 […]




Why did I buy a SAM solution? Reason: To negotiate with software vendors


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 […]




Exhibitions of 2014


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 […]




Gartner Predictions 2014


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 […]




Why did I buy a SAM solution? Reason: For a software audit


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 […]





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