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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 [...]

27 April Apr 2017

Microsoft® Surface® Studio

2017-04-30T11:02:39+00:00 Apr 2017|

When Microsoft® announced the first Surface® tablet in 2012, many people were critical of the decision to produce a hardware device which would compete with their strategically and monetarily significant OEM tablet makers. The first-generation Surface didn’t turn out to [...]

27 April Apr 2017

Enterprise Advantage?

2017-04-30T11:48:42+00:00 Apr 2017|

I was recently asked about the status of the Microsoft® Enterprise Advantage on MPSA the company announced last summer. The idea was to bring traditional EA terms to the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) as part of an effort [...]

13 April Apr 2017

Azure™ Stack

2017-04-30T12:11:41+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 [...]