Happy Thanksgiving! 12 Awesome Articles to Help You Optimize Your Software Portfolio

November 24, 2015
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The USDA recommends not keeping a fresh turkey for longer than 2 days. If you’re too busy wrapping up your IT challenges before the long weekend, then thaw a frozen turkey by dropping that sucker in cold water for 12 hours.

Meanwhile, read 12 of our best articles for optimizing your software portfolio to help you better manage your software licenses – after stuffing yourself, of course!

  • 6 Reasons Why VMware Leads Gartner’s Magic Quadrant in Virtualization Technology
    According to Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant, VMware is once again the unquestioned leader in virtualization technology. Organizations that migrate to a virtualized IT do so because they are, “looking for solutions to virtualize applications from their x86 server hardware or OS’s, reduce underutilized server hardware/associated costs, and increase flexibility to deliver the server capacity that applications need.”
  • 7 Best Practices for Managing Your Annual Microsoft True-up
    Entering into a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) guarantees a yearly evaluation of your Microsoft software deployments, i.e., the Microsoft True-up. Customers must compile a detailed list of qualified devices and/or users to determine the total license count necessary to remain compliant. In order to ensure this annual process runs as efficiently as possible, we’ve compiled a list of best practices for maintaining control of your Microsoft software assets.
  • Office 365 Education Replaces E1, E3 and E4: What You Need to KnowOn September 1, 2015, Microsoft launched one Education Office 365 plan called Office 365 Education, and it will be $0. This will not impact any existing Office 365 Education customers, but any aspiring academic institutions considering Office 365 for its students, faculty, and staff will no longer need to choose between E1, E3, or E4; they simply need to consider the Office 365 Education agreement.
  • Office 365 E5 Plan to Replace E4 by the End of 2015
    On July 13 at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Microsoft announced its new “Premium Office 365 Enterprise Suite”, which is a fancy way of saying that the new E5 plan will replace the existing E4 plan before the end of the 2015 calendar year.
  • Retirement of Microsoft Select Plus – What Are Your Options?
    As of July 1, 2015, the Microsoft Select Plus agreement will be retired. Existing Select Plus customers can continue purchasing new products and renewing Software Assurance through their Select Plus agreement for one more year, but after July 1, 2016no SA can be renewed and all Select Plus purchases will cease after the customer’s next agreement anniversary.
  • What Does End of Support for Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 Mean for Your IT
    End of Support (EOS) is quite self-explanatory – there will be no more updates on behalf of Microsoft to maintain the integrity of Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005’s security. As critical vulnerabilities are detected in these older OS/application platforms, there will be no available solution for resolving those vulnerabilities.
  • 11 Reasons You Should Have a One Stop Shop for All Your Software Licensing Needs
    With all the software required to keep a business running smoothly, many organizations find themselves manually tracking and managing their software licenses through something like an Excel spreadsheet. Not only is this an incredibly time-consuming task, but it also leaves the possibility for bookkeeping error. What if there was a better way, a more efficient way to manage your software assets? Fortunately, there is!
  • 6 Signs of an Upcoming Publisher Audit
    Just like jury duty, a car accident, and increasing gas prices, a software audit is almost entirely unavoidable. When software vendors come knocking on the door and requests a license compliance engagement, there’s simply nothing your organization can do but accept the challenge and do what you can to mitigate costs.
  • Oracle Licensing – Some Common Pitfalls to Avoid
    Innovation comes in many forms. For example, some of Oracle’s most ingenious features have little to do with software. Rather,Oracle’s Technical Support Policies are arguably responsible for the publisher’s dominance. Much has been written of these policies, so the purpose of this post is not to explain them, but to warn unsuspecting customers of a couple associated pitfalls.
  • “Mobile First, Cloud First” – Microsoft’s Enterprise Cloud Suite
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promised a shift in focus. The announcement of the Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS), which goes into effect December 1, 2014, marks a major step in Microsoft’s initiative to support 3rd party devices on a per-user basis so that organizations can comfortably deploy a cloud and BYOD strategy.
  • Understanding the IBM Processor Value Unit (PVU) License Metric
    IBM’s product portfolio is quite expansive. With a wide range of products comprising 18,860 different part numbers within IBM’s Passport Advantage Program, each available at nine different price levels, many large organizations find it difficult to maintain a solid understanding of the products relevant to their unique needs.
  • Autodesk Licensing Changes – What You Need to Know
    Following the industry trend of transitioning from on-premise perpetual licensing models to subscription-only cloud based models, Autodesk has announced that as of February 1, 2016, most standalone products will no longer be available via the perpetual license model.

If any of these topics are as tasty as your Thanksgiving dinner, then click the banner below and complete the following form for a Software Portfolio Advisor to satiate your licensing palate!

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