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Software Asset Management – is it worth the time and the money?

During recent years I have had a number of discussions with IT specialists and CIOs, about how to approach Software Asset Management.
From some of a customer relationship has been created and it is typical that this relationship has many aspects of a partnership.
One thing that is for sure – there are no two customers that would be identical to one another and this is where choosing correct partner plays the key role!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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Are you ready for the next generation of BI/DW?

What have happened in the last twenty years in the Business Intelligence area? The term and technique with using fact-based support system was actually started already in the 1960s and developed thought the mid-1980s. The usage wasn’t widespread until late 1990s and organizations started to adopt the definitions and technology. When I comes to data warehouse there has been a lot of innovators during the establishment. The most famous Ralph Kimball and Bill Inmon has put the foundation that many organizations used to build up their data warehouses.

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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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Analytics in the cloud – SAP BusinessObjects Cloud

Would you like a tool that’s easy and intuitive to use straight from your web-browser so that you easily can access, analyze and present your data? Now it’s possible using the new and fast-developing tool from SAP, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud (BOC). The goal with BOC is to have one tool in the cloud for all analytics, so planning, BI and predictive are the three main parts of this tool.

BOC is a standalone tool within the cloud that easily connects to your on-premise systems or lets you host data in the cloud. First of all, we recognize that a lot of organizations aren’t ready, willing or interested in moving all (or part) of their data to the cloud. One of the biggest perks to BOC is that you can use it as an external system to access your on-premise data without the need to store anything in the cloud. This means that you have none of the typical costs which come with a separate system to host an on-premise analytics tool and you get around the trouble with your data being hosted off-premise. You pay a monthly fee which gives you a user and a personal URL to BOC from which you may setup a connection to your own on-premise system and access your data. This is most easily viewed as a subscription, allowing you to leverage a whole new tool that is powered by HANA. This also allows you to create your own intricate data-models from files such as excel sheets, .csv files and others by importing the files and setting up your personal data-model. This will later allow you to create visualizations, create calculations and share the document with others.Read More »

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 »

Don’t we all have different identities?

Just like Batman, Superman or Wonder women we all have different identities. We might not all be superheroes but we do try and from time to time we are almost at their level. As they switch from one identity to another and try to locate that phone booth (which might be a little challenging today) to go from Clark Kent to Superman we also face a similar challenge today remembering all the different logins, addresses to all these different services. It could be work, private or a combination both. That is how life’s looks today more than ever when we comparing with just a few decades back – superheroes combining both our busy private and work life.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 »