Will GDPR drive Cloud adoption?

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 »

Harness the Potential of a Hybrid Cloud Agreement Strategy

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.

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Become a Cloud Solution Provider

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.

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Secure Productive Enterprise – the modern Enterprise Desktop package

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 »

IT as value add

Is IT just a burden? During the summer I met and hanged out with a lot of friends and during one of those hangouts we came to discuss work, great fun right…

My friend told me that he had a meeting with a customer and their discussion was all about lower the cost:
– I got pressure from above to lower the cost of IT, come on give me a good deal!
My friend thought for a while and then he said:
– We need to change this, IT needs to be recognize for the value it adds to the company.
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Features summary for the new release of Adobe Acrobat DC

Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud is the complete PDF solution for working anywhere with your most important documents. All-new Acrobat DC is reimagined with a simple user experience. The new Tool Center offers quick access to the tools you use most, while elegant new tool experiences work consistently across desktop, web, and mobile – including touch enabled devices.

In July the newest version of Acrobat DC was released and I will try to summarize the most interesting features

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Very Important Licensing and New Creative Features

VIP is often used as the abbreviation for a Very Important Person. In this case, when it comes to an agreement form from Adobe, it is an acronym for Value Incentive Plan – a subscription license agreement designed for businesses of all sizes. Like many other software companies, Adobe is moving their licensing model from a purchase model to a subscription model. This means that you don’t have to buy the licenses any more – you just rent the right to use the software.

With a VIP membership, no minimum license purchase is required. The management of licenses is easy, the installation can be done right away and the license compliance regulations is done automatically. Read More »

Greetings from Autodesk One Team X

There are big changes going on at Autodesk. Annual One Team  X conference in Berlin, Germany, gathered together almost all European distributors and resellers. The conference was held in April 2016, and I had the pleasure to take part in it. As pointed out in the conference, July this year is the last month to sell all the rest perpetual licenses, and that cloud services will expand also when it comes to Autodesk. For a long time, single Autodesk licenses have not been sold as perpetual, and now all the suite soutions will be purely sold through periodical subscription model. That is, from August, Autodesk licenses will be available in one or four months’ quick periods, and in one to three years’ longer periods. This means, that maintenance subscription is not available anymore and renewals are possible only for old contracts. So pay attention to this, as especially for large organisations it’s cheaper to pay maintenance subscription fee and keep on track of their liceses like this. At least for now.Read More »

The release of Windows Server 2016 and core based licensing

 

Oh my! This is truly the year of releases at Microsoft. Just a few days ago SQL Server 2016 was released to market and since January we’ve received new versions for other server applications such as Exchange, Sharepoint and Project Server. It’s not only the servers that gets a facelift, Office 2016 has been around for a while and during the summer Windows 10 Redstone will be available. And the release party doesn’t stop there. For the second half of this year we will see new version of Windows Server, System Center and BizTalk.

Luckily there haven’t been any major change in licensing for these new versions. The release of Windows Server and System Center 2016 won’t be as simple when Microsoft transitions from the processor based licensing to a core based model. Let’s have a closer look at the changes to come for Windows Server.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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