Month: November 2008

Compliance: The Foundation for Working with Oracle

Companies tend to forget that compliance is the foundation for working with Oracle and it is also the base for creating cost efficiencies. It’s understandable as IT folks are more focused on how Oracle’s app will solve a problem for them. If nothing else keep in mind the following: 1. Never assume a license usage right. In fact, assume that you don’t have the right to use the license and verify. 2. Confirm any and all assumptions with examples. And, […]

Microsoft Volume Licensing: Size Does Matter

Microsoft Volume Licensing models address organizations in two main categories based on size: organizations with more than 5 but less than 250 computers and organizations with more than 250 computers. If your company is part of the SMB (small to mid-size business), defined as having less than 250 computers, The MS Open programs offer volume discounts, with little upfront costs. There are two options for Open programs: Open Value and Open License. Open Value offers software assurance, simplified license management […]

8 Deadly Mistakes Made with Oracle When You Don’t Have a Good SAM Program

Software asset management is a crucial factor in reducing risk, increasing compliance and mitigating liability. CRN’s Matt Fisher really summed up the reason for SAM and why organizations can’t afford to ignore it last month in his Software licensing simplified article. There are 8 deadly and costly mistakes made when dealing with Oracle, which can be prevented simply with a well-run SAM program: 1.  Not keeping original paperwork or receipts. 2.  Not taking alternative, web-based access to Oracle apps into […]

The 3 Licensing Models for Oracle Applications

Reblog: Oracle offers 3 licensing models for its installed applications to fit the unique needs of each organization: component pricing, custom applications suite pricing and enterprise pricing. Having different licensing models allow organizations to select the best combination for their operations. Not all products are available within each of the pricing models due to the Terms, Conditions and application features. Oracle’s component pricing model is an a la carte pricing model that caters to customers with a limited number of […]

Microsoft Open License V. Open Volume (and Deeper Discounts)

An Open License from Microsoft is a good choice if your company is just starting to work with Microsoft and you only need five licenses.  There is a mandatory two-year commitment, but the flexibility of the “pay as you go” licensing model gives start-ups or emerging companies room to grow without having to overpay for licenses you don’t use, upfront. Open Volume- provides deeper discounts when purchasing larger amounts of licenses. In order to qualify for volume licensing, you must […]

Microsoft Office SaaS?

Microsoft announced plans to release a free, advertising-supported service that would allow users to access versions of its Office applications through a standard web browser. Google offers their own services for $50 per year, as does IBM with their Lotus Symphony. Corporate customers will have the option of buying the service through a subscription or software licensing plan although pricing has not yet been determined. Caveat – the online versions won’t include all of the features of the traditional software […]

Symantec’s Crazy Talk

I recently read an article where Symantec claims that Virtualization could end long term software licensing in favor of a pay per use model – which could even be paid per day, hour or even second. Because usage can be monitored for each instance the software is used you only pay for actual usage. I tend to think that vendors will have a hard time agreeing to this type of licensing agreement as they stand to lose – long-term – […]

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