New research released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) suggests that 30% of small businesses in the UK are ‘knowingly under-licensed’. The research fails to identify the reason, but if the figures are accurate, it does suggest that SMBs are either simply not seeing the value in the commercial software they use, or fail to recognize the risks of being caught using unlicensed software (or, perhaps worse, perceive the cost of buying the software to be higher than the risk of gett... [More]
Today in the UK is ‘Budget Day’, the day when the Chancellor
of the Exchequer announces the Governments’ spending, borrowing and taxation
plans for the next financial period. It’s a day many managers within the UK
public sector will be dreading – with leaks already suggesting that the
Chancellor is going to announce the need to make £2.5 billion (US $3.8bn) in
departmental spending savings in order to protect and boost spending in other
The £2.5bn figure equates to... [More]
Software Asset Management. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? The reality is far from simple, however. To begin to understand the full spectrum of SAM requirements, you just need to turn to the now infamous definition of SAM from the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL): “…all of the infrastructure and processes necessary for the effective management, control and protection of the software assets…throughout all stages of their lifecycle.” Not much to do then! With this in... [More]
If you’ve been reading the IT media over the last few weeks, you may have caught wind of a storm brewing over a change of licensing rules to retail copies of its Office software. Thanks to an eagle-eyed reporter in Australia, a previously-unannounced change was found in the licensing terms that meant retail copies of Office 2013 were tied to a single machine for life – with no opportunity to move the software to a new piece of hardware.
When challenged, Microsoft’s response was initially con... [More]
For the most part, understanding the business benefits of deploying an inventory solution is not difficult. After all, how can you expect to manage systems, availability, costs and risks if you don’t know what you’re actually supposed to be managing?
Suffice to say a good inventory solution will give you a basic understanding of what hardware and software is deployed on the network.
Okay; in reality that’s over-simplifying it somewhat, as inventory solutions vary in their ability to deal wit... [More]
Just before Christmas, License Dashboard conducted a straw poll asking how many organizations had faced a software audit in the last 12 months. We wanted to see if the results of our thumbnail research either mirrored or disputed the latest figures from the likes of Gartner and Forrester, who currently state that organizations now face a 65% likelihood of being audited by at least one software vendor in the next 12 months.
The results of our straw poll made for interesting reading. In fact, a... [More]
With Microsoft increasing its client access licence (CAL) pricing by 15% from the 1st December, there has never been a better time to get clarity over your current software licensing position. Why? Because while it may be inevitable that you are going to have to bear the cost of increased licenses, by taking a proactive stance on managing license entitlements, you can at least minimize the scale of this increase while also avoiding falling into non-compliance.
The simple fact is that organizati... [More]
As a vendor of software license management solutions, we prefer to focus on the positives of SAM, helping organizations understand how to make substantial cost savings by optimizing volume licensing agreements, re-harvesting unused applications and more.
But news this week that a UK safety firm has been forced to pay the Business Software Alliance (BSA) nearly £100,000 (US $160,550) for using unlicensed copies of software from Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft and Symantec brings into sharp focus t... [More]
In part one of this topic, we looked at how organizations investing in SAM tools could take comfort from independent validations of technologies, such as the new KPMG SAM Tools Assessment. This kind of recognition can be a very effective way to reduce the number of potential solutions down to a manageable short-list.
But at some stage in the buying cycle you are going to need to test the solution and see how it matches to your individual requirements. How you construct and the conduct this tes... [More]
One of the differentiators for License Manager when it comes to managing software license entitlements is the ability to import Microsoft License Statements (MLS) in their raw state. That, in its own right, is a major labor-saver for organizations - eliminating the need to manipulate or transform data before it can be imported into the license management solution.
But in the case of License Dashboard, that feature is something of an iceberg - impressive enough above the waterline, but the... [More]