Well known Microsoft watcher Mary-Jo Foley alerts us to a new report from Microsoft Directions with some very useful observations for any organization interested in reducing its annual spend on Microsoft renewals. The negotation process to minimize that spend is going to be illuminated and strengthened for the end-user organization if they have clear information … Continue reading Microsoft Agreement Renewal Coming Up? Get Smart!
A colleague pointed me the blog of Ray Wang of Forrester Research, at http://blog.softwareinsider.org/ where his post for March 24th provides some guidance for organizations looking to squeeze costs out of their operations wherever possible. The notes make absolute sense, but they point to the need to understand application usage, not just where it is installed. Software … Continue reading Five Simple Steps to Reducing Software Maintenance Costs
I’ve just read an interesting post on this topic on ZDnet, making the case that the advent of cloud computing is going to raise users’ expectations of performance, which will in turn drive the need for a much higher level of analytical information on the performance of all the key elements of the cloud infrastructure. … Continue reading System Analytics and Cloud Computing / SaaS
It’s too much of a coincidence that we are seeing more interest now in the combined virtues of Software Inventory and Application Software Usage Measurement. Software Inventory in support of compliance audit has always been seen as something of a gamble as far as RoI is concerned. Each organization is unsure as to whether it … Continue reading Tough economic climate drives a shift in SAM focus?