The enigma of the Cloud has provided yet another layer of confusion around the already complex world of software licensing. You may ask yourself: “How is licensing different in the Cloud?” In this session, we will provide an overview of Public Cloud versus Private Cloud, Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings and licensing schemes, and IT industry trends as they pertain to Software Asset Management. We will identify pain points you may endure as you transition to a Cloud model and describe our recommended approach to licensing in the Cloud.
While it’s true that the cloud licensing model will simplify the SAM process somewhat, it also adds several new layers of complexity that many end users do not take into consideration. If you review the terms and conditions of these cloud-based offerings, you’ll see that publishers have included all types of new restrictions.
Assets (Applications) have evolved from physical to virtual to “everything-as-a-service”. This latest paradigm shift makes it difficult for IT Asset Managers to understand the impact of lifting and shifting these complex applications across clouds to Asset Management. Join Jeanne Morain (Author iSpeak Cloud) and Rahul Ravulur (Founder App-Orbit) as they provide an overview of Containers, Application Environment Management, Hybrid Cloud, and best practices for managing them.
Many organizations consider licensing Microsoft Office 365 software and services to be very straight forward and for many customers that is the case, but not for all. This session will dig into real world O365 licensing scenarios where things went very wrong. The session will also touch on how customers can easily get out of compliance with O365 software and share how to avoid those situations
Your organization has decided to make the move to the cloud. Congratulations! Now what? Although you may not have worked on a cloud migration project before, unless you’re still living with your parents chances are you’ve been through a move. We’ll discuss the parallels between where you live and where your data lives that can help you plan for a successful move to the cloud.
Software licensing can represent up to 25 percent of all IT spending. While software is a strategic asset, many companies do not
have a strategic solution to manage and optimize software licensing spend. This especially applies to cloud licensing where there
are many different and confusing types of licensing models.
This briefing from KPMG and Flexera on licensing in the cloud, will discuss solutions that are designed to help reduce overall
software spend while managing risk of noncompliance with enterprise software license and cloud licensing agreements. Hear how
other FORTUNE 1000 companies have used these solutions to help reduce their annual software and cloud licensing spend
Many software publishers switch their license model to subscription, also for cloud services. Using cloud subscriptions such as Office 365 for on premise deployments will have a major impact on typical IT operating models. Companies will no longer be “in the driver seat” regarding updates or roll outs of new software releases. One way or the other they will be forced to always use the latest and greatest. This is called evergreen IT. But what about compatibility issues or other dependencies such as interfaces to business applications? Evergreen IT has a flipside!
Counting devices and software installations has been the foundation of SAM for decades. Now IT practitioners are being forced to consider that this model is on the wane and sometime in the not too distant future the current underlying technologies to provide SAM services will be obsolete; there will be no software to discover in the traditional sense. Cloud-based applications and infrastructure require a completely different discovery paradigm and shift emphasis from managing compliance to managing cost. This presentation will detail some of the innovation required of SAM technology vendors as cloud replaces on-premise IT.
A recent survey in Cisco stated that the average company has over 1120 Shadow IT implementations. The proliferation of Digital Transformation and Shadow IT have created a virtual black hole for Asset Managers in understanding licenses, usage, and location. Join Jeanne Morain – author/strategist as she provides prescriptive guidance on getting your as a service assets in 3rd party clouds under control.
Leverage your unique position and find substantial cost savings. Conservatively, it’s possible to save 5% of the overall IT budget through comprehensive SaaS contract review. Internal stakeholders usually have different – and often conflicting – needs and expectations that require careful facilitation and management. SaaS solutions bring forth a unique form of “switching costs” that can make a decision to migrate solutions financially, technically, and politically painful. Take control of your SaaS contract negotiations at the outset, look at the contract in a holistic manner to extract cost savings and guide communication between vendors and your organization throughout the duration of contract negotiations.
Software asset management? Compliance issues? Cost optimization? With the growing use of cloud there are no longer such issues, right? Even though cloud solutions deliver huge benefits to organizations, it is more important than ever to manage your software licenses. During this presentation, Richard will provide insight into what licensing in the cloud means and how it works in practice. He will go into the pros and cons and will share many customer examples.
The number of online services offered by Microsoft is steadily increasing. Some of them are super useful, others not so much. One thing they all have in common. You don’t get those services or features with on premise Microsoft solutions. The objective of Microsoft is obvious. They want to you to want the cloud and sign up to their online services. From experience we can tell, that there are definitely benefits of using cloud computing services. But there are also costs and risks. We will provide you with better practice on a successful transition to Microsoft online services, ranging from contractual aspects to changes in your IT operating model.
Digital Transformation is being driven by the business at a rapid pace. Often time Asset Managers are left in the dark or find out after the fact that applications have changed. Mapping the application, location, and dependencies can be a daunting task in today’s everything as a service world. Join Muneer Mubashir and Doug Ehrenreich from iQuate as they provide challenges, tips and tricks for mapping your hybrid as a service applications.
Cloud adoption is growing rapidly—at a 26% annual rate, and 50% of enterprises are expected to be using hybrid cloud by 2017. With cloud adoption comes the challenge of managing costs for both cloud infrastructure services and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. License compliance risk may be lower than traditional on-premises software, particularly for SaaS applications, but costs can spiral out of control if not managed closely. In this session we will discuss cloud spend management risks and some of the strategies organizations can use to keep a lid on these costs using Software Asset Management processes and tools.
Are cloud assets hardware assets? Software assets? Both? Neither? In this workshop, we will explore the nuances of managing the cloud asset. We will examine some of the differences and similarities between cloud asset management and managing other types of IT assets. One may hope that once you move to the cloud, you don’t need ITAM, but nothing can be further from the truth. Cloud asset management can be significantly more challenging and needs to be part of the total cost of ownership calculation when moving to the cloud.
Cloud adoption is racing ahead faster than a speeding bullet. Is your SAM program ready? Identify current risks – and expanded opportunities – in the cloud. Using real-life examples from top vendors like Salesforce and Amazon (AWS), Allegra Silcox walks you through simple strategies to solve common SAM cloud challenges. By understanding how to optimize SaaS user licensing and minimize PaaS consumption risk, you’ll leave this session with a plan to face future cloud shifts with organized confidence.