Ever wanted to read a post on GDPR with a Star Wars reference? Well look no further, these are the droids you’re looking for.
Yesterday I attended Microsoft Airlift on Security. All in all it was a great event with a mix of general discussion around privacy, information management and security solutions. Even though there was a natural bias toward looking at all these issues from a provider perspective, most of my take-away’s came from the more general discussions around GDPR.Read More »
First there was software and then there was cloud. However, only fairly recently it seems, has the realization sunk in that for most organizations it’s not a question of either or, but rather finding the best mix to support and develop the business. A foundation for a sustainable hybrid IT-strategy is a well thought-out hybrid agreement structure. When it comes to Microsoft you can of course mix software and cloud within the same licensing agreement, but mixing EA (Enterprise Agreement) and CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) licensing enables a more flexible hybrid framework. Based on an EA for line-of-business servers and applications while utilizing the flexibility of CSP user/consumption-based services for productivity tools can help you minimize risk and maximize flexibility.
In my daily work I meet many customers and the other day I was asked “SAM, who is that?” As responsible for your companies’ software assets you are working daily with SAM questions, maybe without knowing it and perhaps making SAM too complicated.
SAM is all about why and how we manage and take care of our software and licenses, often complex questions to handle but also many basic tasks to perform.Read More »
CHANGE creates the possibility. But why is change so difficult for us? There will always be resistance till the end, because change demands activity at that point. However, based on my experience, change makes you feel blissful.
It’s the same when it comes to cloud services. Why would anyone be resistant to that? A service whenever you want, a service what you want. It’s even possible to know the costs beforehand.
The change will happen anyway, it will find its way regardless of wheater we want it or not. If only we would not obstruct the change, we would be far more competitive in the market. The organizations and people who dare to join the change, will be successful for sure. The others can be successful as well, even if they are not driving the change by themselves.
Flexibility and saving costs usually top the list of arguments for moving workloads to the cloud. But if an organization truly wants to take advantage of the benefits of cloud services speed critical. You want the ability to quickly capitalize on a business opportunity and be able to directly respond to the needs of the business. You want to avoid a lengthy selection process and long discussions and be assured in the knowledge that you can launch the relevant services at the right time. Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) and COMPAREX Cloud Partner Program gives you as partners the ability to provide a fast and flexible full Cloud stack for solving customers’ needs at the click of a button.
Something I come across quite often when I meet customers is that they have purchased a tool for license management and begun to register licenses, but with no or very little knowledge of licensing rules, it has not been good data quality. A clear scenario, such as SQL Server, which over the years changed its licensing terms a few times and when the agreement has been renewed additional licenses has been granted duo to the new license form. No tool can handle such things automatically, it requires both intelligence and manual work to be administered properly. Read More »
For quite some time Microsoft has been talking about modern licensing solutions, it took a while but finally they’ve put their money where their mouth is. At first glance it looked like just another name change to the not so popular Enterprise Cloud Suite, commonly known as ECS in the Microsoft world of three letter abbreviations. For those of you not acquainted with ECS it was a package of Windows, Office 365 E3 and Enterprise Mobility Suite. A package licensed in a true per user licensing model. It was a “modern” replacement of the Pro- or Enterprise Desktop that has been around for years, but instead of device based licenses for Windows and Office you got user based ones and access to the productive Cloud Services including the IT management services like Intune to keep track of all your devices.Read More »
Has your company already moved to the cloud? If so, I hope that the migration was successful and that you are well on the way to use all the new features that have now become available.
Depending on the license plan there will be different functions available for the employees. It’s also possible to differentiate between the features the employees need to access – depending on their role. There is no need to provide the full package to an employee who has no need for it.
A very common question when I’m out to help businesses are, “can we combine multiple data sources in a simple way?” Maybe combined structured information from data warehouse with data from Excel or REST API. Many vendors have solutions for this but it also requires programming/SQL skills or scripting. With Power BI from Microsoft you can manage this without scripting in a user friendly interface.Read More »
In early summer 2016, COMPAREX conducted a survey about Software Asset Management to the major Finnish organizations. More than a hundred organizations were called through. The people who answered the survey were mostly IT or Finance Managers. Interestingly, Finance Managers were not so interested in license management than IT Managers. Through effective and optimized license management cost savings can be made by optimizing software assets to be compliant to the organization’s needs. Based on this point, it should be obvious that the Finance Managers should pay attention to license management. After all, organizations usually are constantly seeking cost savings.