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Why software use rights are important

When you purchase a software license, you do not own the software as you would with almost any other type of product. What you get is a right to use the cover with certain restrictions. These restrictions are detailed in your license agreement and cover things like: •...

The challenges of using the IBM License Metric Tool

Utilizing the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) is a mandatory IBM requirement for all customers who take advantage of sub-capacity licensing on their software products. As the majority of IBM customers benefit from sub-capacity licensing it means that you are highly...

Software audits: What can go wrong – 4?

Proving license entitlement and the cloud In the final blog article on what can cause problems during a software audit we look at proving your license entitlement and the impact of the cloud.   Proving license entitlement Understanding the licenses you own and...

Software audits: What can go wrong – 3?

Device based licensing and access control In the third of our articles on the factors that can cause problems during a software vendor audit, we look at device based licensing and controlling access. Certain vendors, like Microsoft, license their software (such as...

Software audits: What can go wrong – 2?

Virtualization & monitoring usage In the second of our blog articles on what can cause problems when you are audited by a software vendor, we look at virtualization and monitoring software usage.   Virtualization Virtualization is a mature technology that can...

Software audits: What can go wrong – 1?

As software audits are on the rise now is the time to prepare your company for its next audit. Studies have revealed that more than 50% of companies have encountered software audits within the past two years with Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM being the most...

Managing your Apple devices

Despite the fact that Windows-based devices still dominate in the workplace, Apple are making head roads into this environment. Both at the desktop and mobile level, macOS and iOS powered devices are starting to increase. This usually starts out as just an isolated...

Why good IT asset discovery is essential for SAM

Knowing accurately what hardware and software you have installed across your IT estate is vital in being able to manage things properly. That is why good IT asset discovery is essential for software asset management (SAM). Although this is a statement of the obvious,...