The License Dashboard Blog

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

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 […]




When it comes to Software Asset Management are we living in a world of contradiction?


The beginning of the year brings with it a wave of new software mandates or best practice policies from IT research and advisory organizations such as Gartner and Forrester. It also brings factual industry spending forecasts based on market intelligence and trend analysis by financial and procurement analysts from corporations such as IDC. Reading the […]




SAM Predictions 2016


The upward trend of increasing software audits is in full swing, and as predicted , we are at an all-time-high with a 68% chance of receiving notice of a software audit in the next 12 months. The last year has seen the growth of SAM within organizations as departments outside of IT, such as Procurement […]




IBM Virtualization Capacity – Are you fully prepared?


As an IBM software customer it is likely that you have been audited in the past five years and, if not, it is only a matter of time before that letter drops through your door. Perhaps you feel prepared for it, maybe you are part of a SAM team in a large organization and you […]




Oracle Database Standard Edition 2


September 2015 saw the latest release of Oracle Database and with it, as speculated, Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 (SE2) was brought to the market, with Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition 1 (SE1) being withdrawn from sale on 1st December 2015. This announcement may not have reached all of Oracle’s customers yet, and even […]




How to Perform your Annual Microsoft Software License Audit


  The rate of software audits continues to rise. Hardly surprising when you understand that it’s a means of generating revenue for software vendors. In a straw poll we conducted at License Dashboard, we found that 67% of organisation had received a software audit within the last 12 months, and that 16% had received three […]




Getting beyond compliance and into effective SAM – Part 4 of 4


Here, in the last instalment of our “Getting beyond compliance and into effective SAM” series, we hone in on how SAM Managers and their teams should be using their time and resources to save money within their organization. We’ve already covered how implementation of an in-house SAM program can be slow and costly , how […]




Getting beyond compliance and into effective SAM – Part 3 of 4


Our “Getting beyond compliance and into effective SAM” series focusses on the challenges involved in Software Asset Management (SAM) and License Management. Building a team, choosing supporting technologies and generally maintaining an organization’s license entitlement are some of the more time consuming tasks SAM Managers are faced with day-in, day-out, however these pale into insignificance […]