Microsoft Developer Network Licensing– Taming the Beast

By Mandi Sue Bleau You buy a Microsoft Development Network (MSDN) subscription, you register your name on the MSDN subscription website and viola, you can start using your license entitlements. But is there something more you should know? YES! You need someone on your team that has a good knowledge of managing MSDN subscriptions, or it can get very costly. First, registering the person on the MSDN subscription website in the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) is a good a place to start, making sure to choose the edition of MSDN that was purchased. Registering on the VLSC will allow…

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Top 10 Application Readiness Blog Posts 2014

It is that time again when the end of the calendar year is fast approaching. In the world of technology, 2014 was another disruptive year with thousands of new software versions and upgrades released by software vendors. In this post, we will look back at the most popular Application Readiness blog posts this year. The topics that generated the most interest in the past 12 months were the impending end of life of Windows Server 2003, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and ongoing updates from Microsoft. #1 Top 5 Technology Trends for IT in 2014 Rapid innovation and consumer technology continued…

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Big Numbers: 50 Billion Connected Devices (by 2020)

By Dan Anderson The Internet of Things (IoT) and Connected Devices By now, we’ve all heard the hype about how everything from vending machines to thermostats to garage door openers will be able to communicate directly across the Internet to transform our lives. The decreasing cost of connectivity is providing companies the ability to bring new products to market and transform the way they provide services. Cisco is estimating that by 2020, the IoT will drive $500 Billion in spending globally. Just as importantly, they and other analysts are estimating that there will be 50 Billion connected devices by 2020….

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Application Virtualization Suitability and Compatibility

How do you prepare software for reliable application virtualization? You could depend on the vendors tools, but if you have more than one virtualization technology running in your data center, that means keeping up with each vendors tools and unique requirements. A better solution is a single tool for virtualization compatibility testing, automated conversion, validation, editing and reporting that supports all leading virtual formats.

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2014 Installation Survey Says! Results #2: Case Study Comparisons of InstallShield Users

Large, small or in between, software vendors of all sizes face similar challenges when creating installers. And they find similar solutions when they choose InstallShield, the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. In this second article in our series on Flexera Software’s 2014 installation survey, we compare the challenges and benefits among sample InstallShield users at a large-, medium- and small-sized company. The survey, conducted with TechValidate, a third-party research service, was sent to current users of InstallShield. How does your experience with InstallShield compare to these customers? InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed…

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For Effective Software Asset Management–It’s all about the BASE…LINING

By Mandi Sue Bleau When you are getting ready to determine your software license compliance position by reconciling your software license entitlements with your software deployments, you need a place to start– a baseline. The information provided by software publishers make it such that the process of creating a baseline can vary by vendor, and frequently, customers have limited information about their purchases. Common things I see when working with customers: missing descriptions, missing stock keeping units (SKU’s, which are software product part numbers) and missing contracts. Below are the top 3 software vendors that I help our customers with,…

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Building Upgrades: Best Practices and Resources Available

Following best practices can make all the difference when creating and deploying an update-friendly Windows Installer (MSI) installation. The topic of upgrades was covered in depth in the recent webinar, “Installation Best Practices: Tips for Building Upgrades, Updates and Patches.” View the webinar on-demand and access these other resources that will help you ensure a smooth, successful update experience for your end users down the road. Webinar: Installation Best Practices: Tips for Building Upgrades, Updates and Patches White paper: Building MSI Installer Updates and Patches Community How-To Article: Perform Major Upgrade of InstallScript MSI Project with Basic MSI Community How-To…

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IAITAM ITAM Awareness Month Webinar

By John Emmitt December is IT asset management (ITAM) Awareness Month at IAITAM, a time to give back to the ITAM community with complimentary educational webinars, white papers, giveaways and other select content for everyone! ITAM Awareness Month events run throughout the month of December so check back daily to see what great offerings are being passed along by IAITAM Provider Members and Accredited Training Organizations on their sponsored day. These webinars, white papers and giveaways will only be available from 12am-11:59pm EST on their respective date – don’t miss out! Flexera is providing a Webinar on Managing and Optimizing…

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Enterprises Yet to Complete Windows 7 Deployment

Within two years, Microsoft has launched three new operating systems (OS) – Windows 8, 8.1 and most recently version 10. This is when many enterprises are yet to complete their Windows 7 deployment. With agile software development on the upswing, and the frequency of operating system (OS) roll outs, IT organizations – which are already strapped for resources – are crushing under the pressure of trying to keep pace with new technology.

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Flexera Software Launches FlexNet Manager for VMware

By John Lipsey Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, today announced the industry’s first Software License Optimization solution for VMware products, FlexNet Manager for VMware. The newest component of FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, FlexNet Manager for VMware automates the complex process of inventorying VMware products and reconciling installations with VMware licensing terms, enabling enterprises to buy only what they need and use what they have. VMware is the market leader in the server virtualization space with about 51% market share—based on data from IDC’s 2014 Worldwide Quarterly…

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