Getting in trouble in the jungle of licenses

Have you ever thought about the fact that, almost without exceptions, organizations have far more money in their licenses than in hardware? Despite this fact, software assets are not carefully being taken care of in organizations. As the IT environment is changing rapidly, data amounts are increasing and cloud services becoming more and more popular, license management has become no doubt more challenging.

Software Asset Management is particularly challenging in server environment. Usually organizations are unfamiliar with the license terms, and license terms that are constantly changing won´t make it much easier. In addition to the correct tools, license management requires knowledge and experience.

I claim that especially larger organizations take a needless risk and lose a lot of money if they try to manage their licenses by themselves. Furthermore, it’s not very sensible when thinking about business development. The bigger the organization, the bigger the risks.Read More »

COMPAREX SAM2GO Profiler

How to clean up the software portfolio

My son is in preschool and he just started having homework. One day at school, the kids were told to draw their highest wishes. Clever as he is, my son drew the following:
1. LEGO – this is always his highest wish. Even though, he has tons of it already…
2. A Nerf gun.
3. A robot. But he didn’t wish for just any robot – this one should be the kind of robot that will make his homework and make sure that his room is cleaned up, so he can do the things he really like doing.

What is on top of your IT wish list?
To be honest, I don’t know why my son put the robot in third place on his wish list. I would want to have that robot in the first position on my own wish list. Imagine that you could have a robot that could make your work easier. Maybe it could help clean up your IT environment or all of your software licenses?

At COMPAREX, we don’t have any robots. However, we have worked for 30 years to recognize and categorize software. This is a service we call COMPAREX SAM2GO Profiler, and it has a software recognition at 99,9%. It can even recognize proprietary software, once it has been encountered. Moreover, the number of categories is as high as 134.Read More »

Microsoft Agreement Roadmap – one unified approach

The times are a-changing…even when it comes to Microsoft volume licensing agreements.
During the last years there has been a lot of focus on user-based licensing with the introduction of Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Enterprise Cloud Suite and Windows per user. They have all one thing in common – the cloud – and they offer increased flexibility, productivity and a modern way of work.

When it comes to agreements, to purchase these services – the change has not been that dramatic. Sure, we have received updated Enterprise agreements to facilitate the new ways to license our desktops, but now it is time for some real change even for the volume licensing agreements.

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