Achieving solid ROI through incremental SAM tool implementation
Implementing a Software Asset Management (SAM) tool across an entire organisation can be a complex and resource-intensive process. Throughout our career as consultants we’ve seen way too many failed tool implementations, and have seen companies effectively loosing money instead of saving it. Taking on this challenge all at once may not be the most effective…Read More
Paid and free alternatives to Red Hat Enterprise Linux
When it comes to enterprise-level Linux distributions, Red Hat has been the industry leader for many years. However, with the rise of open source software and community-driven development, there are now a variety of free and paid alternatives to Red Hat that are worth considering. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best…Read More
Reduce risk while maximising ROI on your software investments
In today’s fast-paced and technologically-driven business environment, software is an essential component of daily operations. With the rapid expansion of software usage, organizations face the challenge of managing and optimizing their software licenses to reduce non-compliance risk while maximizing return on investment (ROI). This article will provide you with an overview of strategies to manage…Read More
How NASA overspent $35 million on software licenses
NASA’s journey to the stars is impeded by a lack of proper software asset management (SAM), as detailed in a recent inspector general’s report. The reports notes that NASA’s current SAM practices have left the agency exposed to various cybersecurity risks and other significant operational and financial concerns. The agency, it seems, lacks a centralized…Read More
Licensing Q&A: How do I determine which Windows Server edition is more economical?
If you have a hard time trying to figure out whether to go for the Standard or Datacenter edition of Windows Server, and you wanna know which one is more economical? It all comes down to the number of cores on your server and the number of Operating System Environments (OSEs) or Windows Server Containers…Read More
Microsoft Windows Server 2022 licensing guide
Want to know the ins and outs of Windows Server 2022 licensing? Look no further, because this guide is here to break it down for you. Just keep in mind that this guide is for informational purposes only and doesn’t replace any official documentation on Windows Server 2022 licensing. For all the nitty-gritty details on…Read More
What is second hand licensing?
Second hand items are prolific throughout the world, from e-bay bicycles for your 2023 health kick to second hand laptops or graphics cards due to the chip shortage, people and businesses see value in items that were once used, however it’s often forgotten that non-physical digital assets continue to hold their value which can often…Read More
Microsoft 2023 price update
Microsoft has announced plans to implement “price harmonization” in 2023, which involves bringing local currency pricing in line with US dollar pricing to provide “more consistent pricing” for customers. This move will likely also prevent organizations from purchasing in regions other than their primary location (something that used to be a cost-saving tactic in some…Read More
The true cost of an Oracle license
When it comes to enterprise software, there’s no company more controversial than Oracle. The database giant is known for its aggressive sales tactics and complicated licensing schemes, which can end up costing organizations a fortune. Here’s a closer look at why Oracle’s licensing is so complicated and hard to understand. Complexity drives management cost up…Read More
How inflation affects software prices
You’re not alone if you’re feeling the pinch at the gas pump or grocery store. Inflation is currently at a record high, with the consumer price index in the US hitting 9.2% and Europe seeing rates nearing 10%. This is due to various factors, including post-COVID spending, supply chain issues, and other economic factors (like…Read More
Licensing changes ahead: Impact of the Broadcom-VMware acquisition on customers
The acquisition of VMware by Broadcom, announced in May 2022, presents significant implications for current and future customers of the virtualization software company. As is often the case with major changes among major suppliers, the effects of this acquisition can be broadly categorized into two groups: those who anticipate and plan for the changes and…Read More
Licensing Q&A: What are some optimization tips for Microsoft SQL Server?
Licensing SQL Server can be expensive, and you use only a fraction of its capabilities most of the time. As your business grows, it’s important to re-evaluate how much of the features and functionality you’re using and whether or not you need to scale up your licensing. Many organizations struggle with the costs associated with…Read More
Licensing Q&A: What to consider when deploying and licensing Microsoft SQL Server in a container environment?
Understanding how containers work is the first step to successfully deploying and licensing Microsoft SQL Server in a container environment. Containers package applications and their dependencies into isolated, self-contained units that can be easily deployed and managed. Using containers ensures that your application will always run the same way regardless of the environment it is…Read More
What you have is cheaper
In the past few years, we’ve seen how on-demand access to assets, rather than ownership, has set the tone for financial transactions. We’ve seen that in industries like accommodation, transportation, entertainment, computing, and software. Aside from other obvious advantages, such as convenience, increase in choice and offering, and scalability there is a strong financial incentive…Read More