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Do you know your audit risk? Part 2

In my previous blog, I looked at the some of the most common triggers that will spur a supplier into asking to audit your IT estate. These varied from the differing ‘personality’ traits of various publishers, to global economic forces. These factors – and many more – all have a bearing on the likelihood of […]

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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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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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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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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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