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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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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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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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