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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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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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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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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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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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Understanding IBM Licensing Complexity

Understanding IBM Licensing Complexity For most organisations, IBM software is one of the most expensive to purchase and can pose significant financial and compliance risks if incorrectly licenced and managed.  In this blog, IBM licensing expert Antonio Blanco explores some of the more common complexities of IBM software licensing and provides some welcome recommendations and tips […]

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Licensing Specialist of the Year 2017

Livingstone’s Gemma Walker awarded Licensing Specialist of the Year 2017 We are extremely proud to announce that Gemma Walker, Microsoft Global Team Lead at Livingstone has been crowned Licensing Specialist of the Year 2017 at The ITAM (IT Asset Management) Review Excellence Awards. The annual charity gala dinner in support of Sebastian’s Action Trust was held […]

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Top tips on achieving an accurate Microsoft licence count

Top tips on achieving an accurate Microsoft licence count Knowing exactly how many users and the number and type of devices you have is fundamental when calculating your organisational licence requirement; and yet, many organisations struggle to achieve even this foundational step. Perhaps more importantly, this information can put you in a better negotiating position […]

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