Month: August 2008

BSA – Harassers?

We recently blogged about two UK companies – RedPC and Overclockers – getting in trouble with the BSA over alleged software piracy. CRN in the UK recently wrote a follow-up story to the original news report about the BSA‘s aggressive procedures claiming they were taking these companies to court for simply not filling in a form. As we have said before, being audited by a software vendor or an organization like the BSA is nothing to joke about – if […]

Where in the World is Miro Going to Be?

Miro is excited to announce that we have been invited to speak at three conferences in the fall: Canadian ITAM Users’ Group (CITAMUG) September 30th Toronto, ON Topic: Smarter Oracle Licensing Virginia Oracle Users Group (VOUG) Conference October 9th Richmond, Virginia Topic: Managing Your Oracle and Other Software Assets to Lower the Total Cost of Ownership IAITAM Conference October 17th Marco Island, FL Topic: Vendor Management – Best Practices for Software Asset Management – From Oracle to Microsoft Check back […]

Microsoft Shifting Licensing Policy

There are a lot of rumors circulating this week about Microsoft changing their licensing policy from one where virtual machine is tied to hardware only to a model that compliments the mobility of virtual machines. Glad to see that they are rethinking its business model to keep up with virtualization. The current policy requires customers to reassign software licenses for Windows Server 2003, SQL Server 2005 and Exchange Server 2007.  The code would need to physically move to a different server.  […]

Miro in IT Finance Connection

Want to see why and how CiOs and CFOs should work together?  I was invited to contribute my thoughts on that particular issue for popular newsletter IT Finance Connection.  I was inspired by the outlets focus on the IT-Finance connection.  When dealing with software licensing issues and software asset management, we’ve had to go up to bat with CFOs more often than not.  CFOs often will not understand the process that goes along with purchasing enterprise software, and often are […]

Microsoft’s New Volume Licensing Plan – Select Plus

Microsoft unveiled a new volume licensing plan for large organizations this month called Microsoft Select Plus. The program will allow companies to use a single ID to track their licensing contracts across the entire company. The program will mean bigger discounts as there will be the opportunity to increase your overall “points” – which are used to determine volume qualifications (you must have 500 points to qualify for Select Plus). You can still qualify for this new program if you […]

BSA Spends The Big Bucks

They aren’t joking around – Forbes.com reported today that the BSA spent $360,000 in the second quarter to lobby on patent reform, data security and other issues. They lobbied on new legislation that would create a “new coordinator for intellectual property issues” and improve federal efforts against piracy. This is a sign of things to come – with Microsoft, McAfee and HP behind this agency, they plan on taking piracy issues to the top – and cracking down on offenders. […]

BSA Piracy Study

The BSA has put out their 2007 Piracy Study, which has revealed Software piracy in just 8 states in the US (AZ, CA, FL, IL, NV, NY, OH, TX) cost vendors  an estimated $4.2 billion, which is higher than the national figure for all other countries in the world except China.  Lost revenues to software distributors and service providers were an additional $11.4 billion, for a total tech industry loss of more than $15 billion.  $15 Billion – that is […]

Software Asset Management Results in Cost Efficiencies

We talk on this blog all the time about how you really need to keep your software licensing in check and how much it can save by just simply managing software assets – well here is proof! ComputerWeekly wrote up a case study about racing venue Silverstone and how they were able to cut their software licensing costs by 20% simply by implement a SAM system. How much do you spend per year on licensing costs? Well, take 20% of […]

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