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19 September Sep 2017

Are You Ready for a Software Audit?

2017-09-19T16:14:00+00:00 Sep 2017|

Sometimes I feel like I have posted about software licensing audits too often, but I keep receiving inquiries from (rightfully) concerned organizations who are being audited. Major software providers such as Microsoft®, Oracle®, IBM®, and others have increased their efforts [...]

30 August Aug 2017

Should Software Asset Management be Automated?

2017-08-30T11:52:59+00:00 Aug 2017|

Microsoft® has teamed with Flexera™ to provide an automated software asset management solution for their volume licensing customers. This is being presented as a way to “Increase Software Supply Chain Transparency & Strengthen Customer Relationships”, but anyone electing to engage [...]

24 August Aug 2017

Are you SURE you’re Compliant with AAD?

2017-08-24T09:12:07+00:00 Aug 2017|

Azure™ Active Directory (AAD) provides identity validation and access management for Microsoft® hosted products and services such as Azure, Office 365™, Intune and others. Microsoft includes basic AAD functionality with these services at no charge, but they also offer the [...]

30 July Jul 2017

Azure™ Container Instances

2017-07-30T17:00:17+00:00 Jul 2017|

Microsoft® has not been subtle about their focus on cloud computing. It wasn’t long ago that the mere notion of surpassing Amazon® (AWS™) or even competing for market share seemed completely unattainable, but the software giant is closing the gap. [...]

18 July Jul 2017

Microsoft® 365

2017-07-18T08:36:29+00:00 Jul 2017|

Microsoft® has a long history of bundling products together. The strategy has always been that if a customer obtains a product as part of a bundle, they will be less likely to buy similar functionality from a competitor. This has [...]

13 July Jul 2017

Yet Another Microsoft® Reorg

2017-07-13T16:44:44+00:00 Jul 2017|

Anyone who has worked at Microsoft® can attest to the frequency with which they reorganize the workforce and the disruption that typically accompanies the reorg. The disruption isn’t limited to MS employees, as channel partners and large customers question whether [...]

11 June Jun 2017

Windows™ 10 S

2017-06-14T12:35:43+00:00 Jun 2017|

Last month, Microsoft® announced a new addition to the Windows™ 10 family. Windows 10 S is essentially Windows 10 Pro with a restricted configuration that will only let the user run applications obtained from the Windows Store. This ensures that the [...]

28 May May 2017

Windows™ 10 Fall Creators Update

2017-06-19T12:41:23+00:00 May 2017|

We’re learning more about the next major update to Windows™ 10, which expected to be available later this year (autumn). In some respects, the message Microsoft® is sending may be as important as the added features. The most notable aspect [...]

7 May May 2017

Perpetual Office Rights Slashed

2017-05-07T10:28:54+00:00 May 2017|

Microsoft® has made no secret of their desire to move their customers to the cloud. We see evidence of this every day, through incentive offerings for cloud subscriptions and services, and with their reluctance to negotiate pricing and terms for [...]

27 April Apr 2017

Office 365™ Enterprise K1

2017-04-30T12:08:03+00:00 Apr 2017|

When Microsoft® originally announced plans for a subscription based Office productivity suite, they often promoted the simplicity of the offering. Unfortunately, as is typically the case with Microsoft, nothing is “simple”, and Office 365™ is no exception. As many people [...]