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Software Asset Management - Microsoft Seek Path to Customer Value

by Stephen White  |  July 13, 2017

Microsoft recently produced a blog of its own dedicated to explaining Microsoft’s Software Asset Management (SAM) programme and distinction between SAM practices and compliance oriented audit activities. Having ran a...

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Microsoft Inspired to Go Vertical and Stop Selling Licenses

by Stephen White  |  July 12, 2017

During the past week news of a Microsoft restructure has surfaced, details of the changes being made had been kept under wraps until Microsoft’s FY was complete. Some twelve months...

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Why all the noise about SAM and indirect license access?

by Stephen White  |  April 12, 2017

There has been a wave of press and PR notable to those of us who keep an eye on the SAM and software licensing markets recently associated with the SAP...

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Evolution of Microsoft Licensing Programmes

by Stephen White  |  March 14, 2017

Last month, having completed a breakfast briefing to a set of European clients, I was approached with a question which began ‘I’ve heard a rumour ….’ In a discipline where...

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Paying for what you use - too much to expect from SaaS?

by Stephen White  |  February 20, 2017

By definition cloud computing should deliver an elastic solution which is metered by usage, thus as the organization needs to increase or decrease consumption, that is measured and costs adjust...

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Software licensing lessons from 2016 for a cloudy future

by Stephen White  |  January 9, 2017

A year of surprises and shocks is now behind us With one’s sporting hat on we might consider Leicester City, the Western Bulldogs, Cronulla, the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Cavaliers...

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Microsoft, Brexit and That Price Increase

by Stephen White  |  November 7, 2016

Ramifications of Brexit may be wide-spread and plentiful, yet difficult to predict accurately. What has been clear is the confidence / uncertainty impact on the value of sterling - having...

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What’s in a name? Microsoft package and licensing changes

by Stephen White  |  October 4, 2016

Microsoft are ringing the changes Periodically we see a set of licensing changes from Microsoft. Early in 2016 a number were announced or took effect. This month, immediately following a...

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"You Need To Fire Your Reseller"

by Stephen White  |  September 23, 2016

This direct quote originates from a software reseller roundtable at our Dallas ITFPAM Summit on Tuesday. Whilst we at Gartner may use some dramatic terms, clients are often somewhat more dramatic...

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Interaction and Insight into the world of Software Resellers

by Stephen White  |  September 19, 2016

Arguably the most positive aspects of being a Gartner analysts is the quantity of client interaction we enjoy. Having been an analyst for nigh on two years now, it’s amazing to consider that...

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