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13 April Apr 2017

Azure™ Stack

2017-04-18T12:03:43+00:00 Apr 2017|

As Microsoft® approaches the formal release of Azure™ Stack during the coming months, they recently released that which is said to be the third and final technical preview. Azure Stack is a way to deploy Azure in an organization’s own [...]

2 March Mar 2017

Recent Changes to Azure® Licensing

2017-03-05T14:53:49+00:00 Mar 2017|

It’s no secret that Microsoft® is betting heavily on their ability to not only leverage the explosive growth in cloud computing, but to lead it as well. As is typically the case with the software giant, they are attempting to [...]

23 February Feb 2017

We Don’t Own the Software

2017-02-23T11:22:27+00:00 Feb 2017|

I struggled with whether to write this blog, as those who read these are typically very knowledgeable when it comes to software licensing and usage, but I found the topic to be rather surprising, so I assume others may as [...]

29 January Jan 2017

I Understand My SW Deployment. Now What?

2017-01-29T10:29:00+00:00 Jan 2017|

I recently wrote a blog in which I addressed tools to help organizations identify software products deployed in their IT environment.  Knowing your installed software is a core element of any Software Asset Management (SAM) discipline, as it enables [...]

24 January Jan 2017

Software Inventory Identification

2017-01-24T18:19:51+00:00 Jan 2017|

Software Asset Management (SAM), is a necessary topic for most organizations to address (and embrace!).  The term has a wide range of descriptions and interpretations.  The Information Technology Infrastructure Library® (ITIL) describes SAM as “…all of the infrastructure and processes [...]

4 January Jan 2017

Can Windows® Finally Go Mobile?

2017-01-04T14:40:40+00:00 Jan 2017|

When Microsoft® CEO Satya Nadella announced his Mobile First, Cloud First initiative in 2014, it marked the beginning of that which some would call a kinder, gentler Microsoft.  The notion of making Microsoft products available on competing platforms was a [...]

29 December Dec 2016

Is Your Office License Really Perpetual?

2016-12-29T12:48:48+00:00 Dec 2016|

It’s no secret that Microsoft® is trying to convince their customers to move their software and IT to the cloud.  One of their goals is to replace perpetual licenses for products such as Microsoft Office, with subscription licenses for Office [...]

11 December Dec 2016

SQL Server® 2016 Editions

2016-12-29T11:03:07+00:00 Dec 2016|

I recently wrote a blog about SQL Server® 2016 Licensing, in which I briefly described the most popular editions and licensing requirements. Today, I’d like to identify four other editions, which may be less popular, but instrumental to many organizations.   [...]

21 November Nov 2016

SQL Server® 2016 Licensing

2016-11-21T00:00:00+00:00 Nov 2016|

Microsoft®’s popular relational database management system, SQL Server®, is available in multiple editions with features and licensing options intended to appeal to a wide range of users. The most common editions and licensing requirements are summarized below:   SQL Server 2016 [...]

27 October Oct 2016

Microsoft® Licensing Changes

2016-12-26T13:13:54+00:00 Oct 2016|

Much has been written about Windows Server® 2016 and System Center 2016 during recent weeks. Both are mission-critical products which are used by countless organizations. Both have significant improvements over their predecessors (2012 R2), but another notable distinction with these releases is [...]