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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 […]

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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 […]

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Navigating the twists and turns of Oracle ULA exits and renewals – Part 2

In ‘Navigating the twists and turns of Oracle ULA exits and renewals – Part 1’, we discussed the challenges and mistakes organisations experience whilst executing Oracle ULA exits and renewals. In this second part, we’ll look at the consequences of these mistakes as well as the practical steps organisations need to consider throughout the ULA […]

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Nine Steps to Take Back Control of Your Applications after Lockdown

The 2020 coronavirus outbreak has meant a significant change to the way the majority of businesses operate. As well as facilitating a steep rise in remote working with collaboration tools like Teams, WebEx, Skype, Zoom and Slack, organizations have also had to rapidly adopt cloud-based and virtualized software applications to keep business running as smoothly […]

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How to keep control of your BYOD usage

A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy has long been a popular option for organisations and employees alike. Indeed, with much of the workforce now home-based, many enterprises will be seeing a new spike in the number of users electing to use their own devices as part of their daily job. This approach makes a […]

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Navigating the twists and turns of Oracle ULA exits and renewals – Part 1

When it comes to Oracle ULAs, mishandling the renewal or exit can have serious consequences for your organisation. The complex process is filled with potential financial pitfalls and in order to overcome them, you’ll need robust and detailed planning based on specialist knowledge and expertise of Oracle and its ULA licensing. In this blog, we’ll […]

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IBM ILMT: the good, the bad and the complicated

An increasingly common topic of discussion when we’re talking to clients about their IBM deployments is the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) or, to be more specific, the importance and value of using it. There is no getting round that fact that ILMT can be extremely complicated to install, let alone configure. As a result, […]

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Understanding the rules of Microsoft negotiations

At Livingstone Group, our team has decades of experience with a wide range of organisations on a multitude of software licensing programmes, yet there are common questions that always crop up: am I getting good value from my investment? do I have enough confidence in my current and future requirements to make such a large […]

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IBM is removing RSVP pricing on over 7,000 products on July 1st and almost no one seems to have noticed

Back in April 2020, IBM very quietly announced some changes to its pricing structure. So quietly in fact, that almost no one seemed to notice, which is a surprise considering the significance of these changes. Here at Livingstone we have even reached out to a number of colleagues in our IBM ecosystem to see how […]

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Do you know your audit risk?

When it comes to software audits, organisations typically keep a keen eye on the vendors that they spend the most money with. Afterall, if they’re audited by a tier one provider, the financial ramifications could be significant. Focusing on the bigger providers also makes a great deal of practical sense – SAM teams within organisations […]

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