Re: Cloud Won't Cure Licensing Woes
Here Here! This is an ongoing point we see being made about Cloud (or, for that matter, any technology) cannot be used as a bandage to to cover up long term problems in corporate IT. Licensing is no exceptions. If you had a problem with it before, odds are, you're going to have a problem with it now. All the extra material provided in the full issue linked at the bottom explains the how and why, for those that want a little more detail and plenty more numbers to back it up. It's a complex web we've weaved with modern software licensing, but it's not unsolvable - just take it one piece at a time.
Of course, you're also right to suggest, Doug, that at big organizations, that's easier said than done... and that education and communication are the keys to getting it right. That education and communication, too, can be difficult at a sprawling organization with diverse needs. It depends a lot on your culture - that is, whether or not your CIO can go to your CMO and convince him not to 'go rogue' has a lot to do with what kind of relationship your CIO and CMO have to begin with. Best practices certainly go a long way, too; outlining the how and why (with dollar signs) instead of coming down with an iron fist is definitely the way to go.