Our latest blogs

Keep your finger on the pulse

The latest news and industry insights that could have an impact on your business

A best practice guide for IT procurement professionals

IT procurement professionals face increased pressure to deliver efficiencies and cost-savings as businesses assess their finances amidst evolving demands. Finding innovative ways to deliver value back to the business and gain the competitive edge requires effective IT procurement processes. All software and cloud negotiations will benefit from a formalized two-phased approach to negotiation, and to help […]

Read more...


IBM’s year-end is looming: time to plan your negotiation strategy – Part 2

In Part 1 of ‘IBM’s year-end is looming: time to plan your negotiation strategy’ we looked at how you could plan your next steps to ensure your IBM estate is optimised and future-proofed, looking at everything from the IBM Effective License Agreement (ELA) renewal process, to getting audit ready. In Part 2, we’ll take a […]

Read more...


Livingstone Group awarded places on G-Cloud 12 Procurement Framework

We are delighted to announce our group of companies have each been awarded places on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) G-Cloud 12 procurement framework.  The framework enables Public Sector organisations to procure accredited cloud services, safe in the knowledge that these assured cloud services meet the CCS stringent criteria. Our cloud services are now available […]

Read more...


Why the public sector needs to optimise its software costs now more than ever

The coronavirus pandemic has deeply impacted industries across the globe and the UK’s public sector has been no exception, with increased pressure felt beyond central government, impacting all public institutions. All eyes are on the public sector’s handling of the current situation, and on government spending in particular as they are forced to tighten the […]

Read more...


IBM’s year-end is looming: time to plan your negotiation strategy – Part 1

IBM’s year-end in December is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start planning your IBM roadmap and to decide on your future Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) strategy. To ensure you are able to negotiate the best deal for your organisation, you’ll need a defined strategy along with a clear visibility of […]

Read more...


How to extract maximum value from your SAM tool investment

Most large organizations will have invested in a SAM or ITAM tool. If not, they’ve probably at least contemplated it. At Livingstone we consider these tools vital to best practice asset management as they provide much needed visibility into software deployments, usage levels and entitlement. Not only do they place companies in a far stronger […]

Read more...


Forget products, it’s time to understand your organisation’s portfolio of application services

The old model of procuring IT is no longer relevant Traditionally, when organisations went about compiling their IT portfolios, the building blocks were made up of two things: the perceived IT infrastructure and the technological capabilities of both software and hardware. During this time, innovation was driving raw business differentiation, which fuelled greater demand from […]

Read more...


Re-booting asset management for the cloud era

Most US enterprises today have well organized, highly-skilled IT departments that are laser-focused on supporting and enabling wider business objectives. As part of this, the department typically has a dedicated software asset management (SAM) team, whose job it is to ensure that the company has the software licenses it needs to function optimally, as well […]

Read more...


Careless talk: undermining your software vendor negotiations

We know that getting into negotiations with vendors is a daunting process. There are many facets to consider, from having clarity on product requirements through to having a market view of what commercial terms you should be able to achieve. Being confident in your commercial position is a must, yet it can often feel as […]

Read more...


Do you know your audit risk? Part 2

In my previous blog, I looked at the some of the most common triggers that will spur a supplier into asking to audit your IT estate. These varied from the differing ‘personality’ traits of various publishers, to global economic forces. These factors – and many more – all have a bearing on the likelihood of […]

Read more...