Month: April 2010

What’s the biggest Microsoft licensing issue?

Boy! We get this question all the time. Cost. The cost- Enterprise Agreement, in particular – has come under increased scrutiny during the recent economic stress. Both IT and Financial executives are questioning the value of their licensing and support dollars. This scrutiny is not lessening as businesses respond to the economic recovery and start to move forward with new applications and systems requiring new infrastructure and software. If anything, it may be increasing. Clients are – and should be […]

Licensing usage: Use as intended (always)

No matter what day or week it is, we’ll always get a question about “how else can we use our license” with a very specific example. The short answer is – you must always use licenses as they are intended for use, otherwise you will be out of compliance, and penalties can be steep! We understand that there are a lot of gray areas in your licensing agreement, but this usage is usually not one of them. One example of […]

Changes are happening with Microsoft virtual environments!

Some good news regarding Microsoft licensing in virtual environments – near the end of March, Microsoft announced that customers with active Software Agreements on Windows desktop software can freely access virtualized Windows desktop instances without additional charge. This is an important and welcome departure from the prior model of Virtual Enterprise Centralized Desktop (VECD) which resulted in additional costs to customers contemplating the move to a virtual desktop environment. The critical point here, of course, is an active Software Assurance […]

China indigenous innovation policy could stifle innovation, foreign investment

There has been a flurry of press about China’s Indigenous innovation policy, which will threaten US intellectual property rights. The policy requires companies to develop their intellectual property in China if they want to qualify for preferences under that country’s government procurement program. U.S. companies are concerned that they will lose big, and President Obama has even stepped in to work with Chinese officials to come to some sort of agreement. He also plans to address the piracy taking place […]

Microsoft phasing out Itanium support

For all of you that are using Itanium versions of Microsoft products, be aware that the company plans on phasing out support of the architecture. Don’t panic though – this process will take about 8 years to fully take effect. Microsoft claims that Itanium is being replaced but more capable technologies from makers Intel and AMD, and will be the way of the past in a few short years, although Intel has just introduced a new version of Itanium as […]

Rebalancing your Oracle licenses: Put your existing assets to work

Why not put your existing Oracle assets to work without having to commit to a large upfront investment? License rebalancingTM is the art of taking existing licensing – such as Concurrent, Named User, application specific and/or CPU-based licensing – and converting them to generate a new license that is more value to your organization, while creating cost efficiencies. It is possible and very probable that the initial act of rebalancing your Oracle licenses will result in an initial 5-10% savings. […]

Oracle 12% price decrease on select Oracle Beehive one-year support

Oracle has made a 12% price decrease on Collaboration Program User for one-year support on select Oracle Beehive solutions: ·         Oracle Beehive Synchronous Collaboration – Collaboration Program User (from $5 to $4.40) ·         Oracle Beehive Voicemail – Collaboration Program User (from $5 to $4.40) ·         Oracle Beehive Messaging – Collaboration Program User (from $7.50 to $6.60) ·         Oracle Beehive Team Collaboration – Collaboration Program User ($7.50 to $6.60) ·         Oracle Beehive Platform – Collaboration Program User (from $12.50 to $11.00) […]

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