Cost & License Optimization

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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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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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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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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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Software Asset Management is now a C-Level issue

How much is unused software costing you? Software Asset Management (SAM) as a business function has been around forever, quietly lurking in the background of every major corporation around the globe. Whilst critical, it was not always viewed as such and was rarely viewed as mission critical, or being particularly strategic to the overall financial […]

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Cost & License Optimization – Supercharge your IT governance

All CIOs know that an effective IT governance strategy is a prerequisite of doing business today. And nowadays a significant part of the modern CIO’s role is concerned with IT governance, and any practices that can deliver additional value or support in this crucial area should be warmly welcomed. There are many aspects to a […]

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Gartner report shows SAM really does impact the bottom line

Gartner report highlights the importance of SAM The recent Gartner report on how cutting software costs safely will have a positive impact on a firm’s bottom line is an interesting read and while we agree with many of their recommendations, it does raise a number of very important questions. In particular; the continuing over-reliance on tools to deliver […]

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The recipe for the perfect maintenance renewal

Ingredients: The SAM and Procurement teams blended with Livingstone Serves: All global complex organizations  Although compliance and risk mitigation are clear drivers for SAM and hold great value for organizations, procurement and SAM functions are now being asked to commit to hard savings. Not re-harvesting, not ‘soft savings’ or cost avoidance, instead only a reduction […]

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