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Software Licensing: Move From Defense To Offense
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D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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9/4/2014 | 9:00:57 PM
Re: Software Licensing
Thanks for your comments. I did mention that the audit-in-the-last-two-years figure is even higher, 40%, for companies with more than 500 employees. I've seen studies from Flexera and Express Metrix with even higher figures for larger companies, but we didn't break out a higher split in our study.
zerox203
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zerox203,
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9/4/2014 | 8:14:48 PM
Re: Software Licensing
What a long-overdue topic for a second look at many organizations. It's refreshing to see an an article so comprehensive on a topic that's so oft-overlooked, especially in a world of quick blogs, vague blurbs, and buzzword-laden tweets. Instead, these points are made here with plenty of numbers to back them up, insights from real people in the industry, and, most importantly, specific tips and best practices for how to do it better at your organization.You can't blame people for wanting to ignore licensing for as long as they can - it's complicated and, frankly, boring. This article makes a great case for not only why you should worry about it, but how to do so without losing sleep.

The numbers themselves do offer a bit of a mixed picture though, don't they? 1/3rd of organizations were audited in the last two years - and that doesn't say anything for the size or industry of those companies, or how those audits turned out. That still makes it sound like an okay bet to stick your head in the sand and pretend like you're not going to be audited. The cost savings and license management benefits are the real kickers to me. There are headaches other than just audits to worry about  when it comes to licensing - and how great if you can get one service that takes care of all of them!
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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9/3/2014 | 8:32:42 AM
Aspera is an independent company, not affiliated with IBM
Thanks for catching that stray "IBM." Beaupoil's quote addressed a prominent IBM licensing product, but his company, Aspera, is not affiliated with IBM. The reference was corrected accordingly.
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Franc3141,
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9/3/2014 | 8:13:34 AM
Great summary of SAM/SLO challenges
You say all in 3 pages! This war is not going to stop. Great post.

Remark: I guess it is not true to say "Christof Beaupoil, co-founder and president of IBM's Aspera Technologies", Aspera is not linked to IBM at all. There a couple of organizations named Aspera, the one involved in SAM space is not belonging to IBM.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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9/2/2014 | 4:53:27 PM
How big are those vendor audit staffs?
Yes, the best defense is a good offense, especially for the mid-sized companies that don't have large IT staffs. I am surprised that 37% of companies surveyed have been audited in the last 24 months. The software vendors are investing heavily in auditing customers.
Mark532010
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Mark532010,
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9/2/2014 | 11:36:43 AM
great post
Great post. I can't stress enough the hidden benefits of finding spare software. Talk about getting kudos, when you can circulate an email that says "hey, we have 15 spare unused copies of Photoshop, anyone have a use for them?"

 

p.s. Microsofts SCCM is not free as is implied. In fact the licensing for it is very complex with client and server licensing and has an entire pdf devoted to trying to figure out how much it will cost you.
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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9/2/2014 | 10:25:55 AM
Best defense is a good offense...
Midsize and larger companies deal with hundreds of software titles, and between different locations and business units, there's no way you can keep track of it all with spreadsheets and paper files. License-management and sofware-license-optimization software can help, but you'll also need policies and procedures to ensure that you're licensing only the sofware that you need and that you're getting every discount you deserve.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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9/2/2014 | 9:56:31 AM
Proper software licensing is your responsibility
I cannot agree more with the points raised in this post. As IT manager, you cannot simply be reactive for software licensing to fulfil audit requirements. You need to take full responsbility for proper software licensing. It means to become on top of the issue and fully understand/manage the proper licensing fulfilling your enterprise needs.


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