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21 September Sep 2016

An Audit by any Other Name

2016-09-21T00:00:00+00:00 Sep 2016|

I often find myself answering questions or writing about software licensing audits. Audits are mandated by software developers such as Microsoft®, Oracle™, and others, often under the guise of assisting the customer with their software asset management, but the reality [...]

15 September Sep 2016

Windows Server® 2016 to Release This Month

2016-12-26T13:08:47+00:00 Sep 2016|

It has been nine months since I wrote about Windows Server® 2016 and the licensing changes it would bring. The most notable change is that Microsoft’s® flagship server OS platform will now be licensed on a per-core basis, rather than per-processor, [...]

27 July Jul 2016

Adobe is Ending their Audit Programs!

2016-07-27T00:00:00+00:00 Jul 2016|

Software licensing audits are a standard practice for many software vendors. There was a time when they occurred primarily when the vendor had reason to suspect a customer of non-compliance, but randomly conducted audits have become increasingly common as vendors [...]

26 July Jul 2016

Windows® as a Subscription

2016-12-15T12:07:21+00:00 Jul 2016|

There has been a great deal of speculation about whether Microsoft® would offer Windows® on a per-user, subscription basis, and it appears to finally be on the horizon. While the offering, expected this fall, will only be available to businesses, [...]

28 June Jun 2016

New Certifications for Azure™ Government and AWS® Planner

2016-12-15T12:05:46+00:00 Jun 2016|

Few would dispute that cloud computing is one of the most significant IT paradigm shifts during recent years. Huge server farms are replacing traditional on-prem datacenters and the economies of scale enable third parties to replace, or at least supplement, [...]

16 June Jun 2016

Microsoft® Planner

2016-06-16T00:00:00+00:00 Jun 2016|

Microsoft® recently released a new project management application called Planner. Microsoft Planner is a component of Office 365™ Enterprise E1-E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education, and is intended to compete with Trello™, Slack and Asana™.   Project management software is nothing [...]

15 June Jun 2016

SQL Server® 2016 Released

2016-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Jun 2016|

The highly anticipated release of Microsoft’s® newest flagship database product is now available. SQL Server® 2016 is the eleventh major version of the popular operational database and by some accounts, it’s the most significant.    SQL Server 2016 was designed [...]

24 May May 2016

Microsoft® Security Intelligence Report

2016-05-24T00:00:00+00:00 May 2016|

We are all painfully aware of the seemingly endless threats to our digital data, security and privacy. Predicting, identifying and defending against these threats requires a major, cooperative effort on the part of people, organizations and governments around the world.    [...]

10 May May 2016

“Get Windows® 10” Nagware will Finally End!

2016-12-26T13:08:53+00:00 May 2016|

Microsoft® now reports that there are more than 300 million devices running Windows® 10. That’s an impressive number after only ten months since its debut last summer, but there are still millions of users running Windows 8.x, 7, and previous [...]