The process of software license recycling often passing a license along to be re-utilized within the organization, often by returning unallocated licenses into a “pool” to be later assigned to a new employee. Although the process comes with a few difficulties, license recycling is an excellent way to save money, reduce waste and leverage existing … Continue reading Back to Basics: What is Software License Recycling?
Managing, or at least storing, software license documentation is often overlooked. Having a spreadsheet or report illustrating your supposed effective license position does not mean you’re compliant. Related documentation, be that licenses, agreements or contracts, are needed to support your entitlements. Having a process around storing and managing software license documentation is a ‘best practice’ … Continue reading Best Practices for Managing Software License Documents
Special offerings each day as we countdown this holiday season. We are more than halfway there! It’s Day 7 of Vizor and almost the end of 2016, which means it’s time to get proactive before the new year. Check out our graphic on how to be proactive about your software asset management strategy. Plus, here … Continue reading 12 Days of Vizor, Day 7 – Proactive Software Asset Management
Being “compliant” is something that we hear often in discussions of software licensing and software asset management. But what exactly does it mean to be compliant, and how can this be achieved? We think it’s useful to explain this critical topic in simple terms. When it comes to software assets, the term compliance holds several … Continue reading Back to Basics: What is Software Compliance?
For our third Back to Basics installment, let’s move on to the tasks & processes of Software Asset Management that are taken care of by the IT (or SAM) manager. Here’s a quick breakdown: 1. Manage the SAM tool used by their firm. Yes, that’s right: effective SAM starts with the right system. This SAM … Continue reading Back to Basics: Role of the Software Asset Manager
In software asset management, it has been said time and time again that it is essential to adopt a “proactive” strategy so that you can always be on top of your software licenses and prepared for any audits to come. Anticipating problems or scenarios is the best practice in proactive license management. Is there an … Continue reading Proactive Software Asset Management
Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2016 will be generally available in October. With the latest version of Windows Server comes changes to how it’s licensed. Previous versions of Windows Server were licensed on a per-processor basis; Windows Server 2016 is licensed per physical processor core (note that this is physical, not virtual cores). Each … Continue reading Quick Guide to Licensing Windows Server 2016
Have you heard of ELP, or Effective License Position? The term was coined by Microsoft and serves as an important step in the software asset management process. The basic premise of forming an ELP involves comparing your entitlements with your deployments. Establishing an effective license position means taking full inventory of software assets and comparing them … Continue reading Back to Basics: What is Effective License Position (ELP)?
This post is the first in our “Back to Basics” series, where we will break important elementary ideas down into the simplest terms possible. The more these topics are understood in a straightforward way, the better your organization will be at crucial IT practices. Let’s get Back to Basics! If you are the IT manager … Continue reading Back to Basics: What is SAM (Software Asset Management)?
Are you currently using a spreadsheet to keep track of your organization’s software assets, licenses or entitlements? It may seem like it’s getting the job done, but in reality, relying only on Excel is an inaccurate and inefficient way to manage your software assets. As your software estate grows, it becomes more and more difficult … Continue reading Step Aside, Excel: Software Asset Management Beyond Spreadsheets