With Microsoft Enterprise agreements easily costing hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars / pounds / euros, it continues to sadden me that organizations will sign up without having any significant level of information regarding the Microsoft products that they have installed and actually use. When a 90 day Microsoft product usage survey to establish … Continue reading Software Asset Management and Fiscal Responsibility
We don’t get much snow here, so now that there’s a good covering, the road from my rural home here and the local road network generally are not where you want to be. The heater is on, and from the relative comfort of my home office I have a great view of the pristine snow … Continue reading Snowbound – the joys of a remote worker
A new study has found that the UK now has the highest incidence in Europe of overweight people, through poor diet and lack of exercise. With so many clear advantages to eating healthily, it’s a mystery that the message still doesn’t get through and that we don’t see more people deciding to do something about … Continue reading Software Asset Management and Healthy Eating
Vector’s international installed base ranges from 2 PC/Server instances of remote control technology to multi-campus IT asset and service management instances in the 10,000 PC+ range. In plotting a development course we look at the challenges our customers face and the investment options open to them. It appears they all face exponential growth of problems to solve, demands to meet, and … Continue reading Is there a Moore’s law for software?
ITAM+ITSM = ?? This blog usually takes its subject matter seriously, but with the UK (where I’m based) gripped in the coldest and snowiest start to winter on record, you will excuse me for appearing lighthearted in the title to this post. Sometimes, a theme can suddenly become popular in our industry, and in the … Continue reading ITAM / ITSM / SAM / … – another acronym in time for Christmas?
ITSM and ITAM – why so separated? While some organizations are still struggling on with spreadsheets and clipboards, others have the vision to apply effort to continuously evolving their ITSM / ITAM processes. With each area of activity supported by its trade organizations, annual trade shows and conferences, I sometimes think we may be missing … Continue reading The help desk contribution to asset lifecycle management
Software License Compliance – a risk not worth taking? In a recent press release on the Business Software Alliance’s Web site, the BSA’s UK-based Michala Wardell reminds anyone listening that not paying attention to compliance can results in penal costs that far outstrip the nominal cost of the software in question. The offending Scotland based organization … Continue reading License Compliance not going away as significant risk issue
iPad as an IT asset: does the iPad make the grade in your organization? Your organization may be one of those in which a section of employees, and users of the IT resource you provide or manage, have decided they could work more productively if they had iPads. Have they been able to present a … Continue reading Should the ITAM office worry about ipads?
Many of our customers are becoming more pro-active in the management of their software assets, driven by the twin concerns of shelf-ware and escalating vendor audit activity. No two organizations take precisely the same approach to the topic. Those just emerging from an expensive audit cycle are looking primarily to ensure that a repeat event will not be so … Continue reading Software License Compliance and ISO 19770-1
In a new blog post , Randy Littleson, a Senior VP at Flexera (Accresso Software until renamed a few weeks ago) refers to survey findings around the growth of usage-based licensing. There are some interesting figures in here, such as the very low percentage of organizations that have robust application usage measurement tools in place. … Continue reading Usage-based licensing survey