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Is your SAM program doomed to failure?

Matt Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer, Livingstone If your organization is – or is considering – investing in a Software Asset Management program, then there is a strong chance that you’ve either already paid for, or are about to buy, a SAM tool.  It has become the default position for most organizations around the world: “in […]

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Cloud Shock: what is it & why should you care?

Matt Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer, Livingstone As a term, cloud shock has been with us a few years now, but it’ use is not yet quite yet sufficiently widespread to safely assume that everyone knows what you’re talking about when you say it (as I was reminded when talking with colleagues recently). I thought it […]

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Notes from the ITAM Review USA conference

By Matt Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer. This blog was originally published on LinkedIn. I recently had the pleasure of attending The ITAM Review USA conference in sunny Florida. It was a great opportunity to meet with both experienced and first-time SAM managers from many organizations across North America as well as to network with industry […]

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Why Gartner’s SAM model is wrong

Matt Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer at Livingstone, explores what the next Gartner model for SAM might look like Back in 2015, in a much-needed effort to bring an element of standardization to SAM processes and tools, Gartner analyst Hank Marquis created the ‘Six critical activities of Software Asset Management’. The six activities outlined were: Discovery: […]

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Are software audits really down? Don’t be so sure

Niall Eddery, Senior Consultant, Livingstone I’ve been reading some claims recently that audits are decreasing, and while I understand where these are coming from, I think what we are seeing in the market contradicts this somewhat. Basing an estimate of audit volumes based on Gartner audit inquiries potentially misses a big segment of the market […]

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Before you buy that SAM tool…

Five things to consider first Matt Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer, Livingstone Tech Twelve months ago, my colleague Hugh Skingley worked with the good folks over at ITAM Review to highlight “15 hidden costs” that should make SAM and ITAM managers wary before diving into the deep end with a SAM tool. Many, if not all, […]

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Why your RFI/RFPs are leading you to make bad SAM tool decisions

Three common mistakes that lead to frustration & failure By Matt Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer SAM tools often get a bad rap. While it is normal for anyone embarking on a program to better discover and manage their software consumption to initially create and issue an RFI to a number of SAM tools providers (possibly […]

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Plan Your Microsoft True-Up Early to Optimise Spend

Plan Your Microsoft True-Up Early to Optimise Spend Your next Microsoft True-Up deadline is closer than you think. In this blog, we explore what a Microsoft True-Up entails and the financial and administrative benefits of preparing well in advance of your Enterprise Agreement (EA) anniversary. The Microsoft True-Up If you have a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) then […]

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Oracle Java Update: Implications on Licensing Compliance & Support

Oracle Java Update: Implications on Licensing Compliance & Support UKOUG Licence Management Event, London – 11th Oct 2018 By Calin Bercu – Oracle Licensing Consultant, Livingstone An Overview of Oracle Java’s Current Status and Future Roadmap The UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) Licence Management Event 2018 took place this month in London and was organised […]

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6 Steps to make your SAM Proof of Concept (PoC) a Success

6 Steps to Make your SAM Proof of Concept A Success A Proof of Concept (or PoC) is a common approach for businesses to find out how effectively an application, solution or service works to tackle a specific business need or challenge. Whilst there are different ways to gather this information (such as using customers as […]

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