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How Oracle Licensing Is Affected By Current Business / Industry / Technology Changes

Now more than ever decision makers are faced with difficult choices. A number of factors may be affecting your business, including loss of revenue due to pandemic, shift to remote collaboration, pressure to move to the Cloud, and striving to stay on top of industry and technology changes. Most of these decisions would likely have software licensing implications. Here are a few examples: Move to the Cloud: When choosing between on-premise, hardware hosting provider or Cloud platform, a proper comparison […]

10 Signs of a Fake Microsoft Audit

Do you know how to spot a fake Microsoft Audit?  Learn the 10 Signs of a Fake Microsoft audit, and avoid a trap that could cost your organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars. You are contacted by a person using a “V-“ microsoft address, formatted like “v-john.doe@microsoft.com”. These are not real Microsoft employees, but temporary employees or partners.  They do not have the authority of Microsoft to initiate a mandatory Microsoft audit. It’s not your Microsoft licensed partner. You don’t […]

Modern Policies Supersede Legacy Software Contract Terms

Modern Policies Supersede Legacy Software Contract Terms Server Metric Just because a legacy contract doesn’t include rules on virtualization or multi-core processors, it doesn’t mean the organization can simply ignore the vendor’s current policies on those subjects.  When virtualization technologies were developed, software vendors changed the way servers were licensed.  When a server had a single processor and core, the entire server was licensed as a Server metric. With the introduction of hardware with multiple processors and then multi-core processors, […]

5 Unusual Ways to Save on Microsoft Licenses & Subscriptions

You know the basics, but do you know these advanced strategies for saving on your Microsoft spend? Your organization could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by taking advantage of these special techniques and Microsoft programs, but only if you know what to ask for. 1. Independent Contract Review When your contract is up for renewal, many organizations simply assume that there’s no need to review the details more than in the past. Unfortunately, a lack of diligence and oversight […]

IBM Ends Support for ILMT 7.2.2 and 7.5

IBM will be discontinuing support for two older versions of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) soon, and recommends migration to ILMT 9.x.  Even though many users are still on v7.5, IBM will discontinue support for the product in April 2017.  IBM has listed resources to assist with planning your migration. Why would someone want to use IBM’s License Metric Tool (ILMT)? IBM’s Passport Advantage Agreement (IPAA) is the master document for all of IBM’s distributed software – PVUs, RVUs, users, etc. […]

Microsoft Assessment & Planning (“MAP”) Toolkit

Licensing for Microsoft Server products can often be complex and challenging when trying to maintain compliance with their Microsoft SLAs, while at the same time trying to optimize their software investment.

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