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Understanding and eradicating your technical debt

As we continue to while away the hours in lockdown, we have been provided with the opportunity to reflect on some of the indirect issues revealed by COVID-19, including where the need to implement rapid business transformation has been hindered by the unforeseen consequences of historical IT technical management. One area that is very much […]

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Will 2020 be the year we reach ‘peak audit’?

Software vendors usually send out their audit letters on a fairly predictable basis. The most common triggers are a contract term or ULA coming to an end, or indeed the end of the publisher’s financial year, something we covered in more detail in a previous blog about Oracle’s audit strategy. However, from time-to-time, macro-economic factors […]

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Welcome to Oracle audit season

This time each year, we see a marked spike in the number of audits requested and undertaken by Oracle and 2020 is no different. While this May is by no means a typical month for many of the enterprises and public sector organisations running Oracle, it’s clearly very much ‘business as usual’ for the vendor’s […]

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Rapid change and the law of unintended consequences

Covid drives tactical deployments As the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, organisations have had to adapt to a changing way they need to do business. From furloughing staff to increasing remote working capabilities, business certainly isn’t as usual for many. Indeed, the near-term future of the working world currently remains uncertain, yet we can […]

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The Software Vendor negotiation game has fundamentally changed, do you understand the new rules?

By Gareth Redshaw Director of Public Sector for Microsoft and Cloud Consulting – Cloud Optics, a Livingstone Group company. I have worked across a wide range of Public Sector organisations with a multitude of software licensing programs throughout my career.  Common themes always remain “am I getting a good value from my investment” and “do I […]

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Is your SAM program doomed to failure?

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 order to do SAM, you need […]

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

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 might be worth a quick explanation, […]

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Beware the guard dog

Why having a proactive Software Asset Management program could be your most effective form of audit defense While the debate about the actual volume of software audits performed by vendors continues (for what it’s worth, my ten-second take:  some are down, some are up, some are designed to push you to the cloud, some are […]

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Notes from the ITAM Review USA conference

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 peers. There were also plenty of interesting presentations and discussions around the state […]

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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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