What Good is a GUID?

Windows installer makes heavy use of these almost unreadable alphanumeric strings in curly braces, also known as “GUID”, like this: {50EFC3E0-8AF8-11D4-94C7-00E09876D9C4} GUID is the abbreviation for Globally Unique Identifier. It is a 128-bit number, represented as a string of hexadecimal digits. There is an operating system function that can create such unique numbers. To a “very high degree of certainty” (as Microsoft puts it), this function returns a unique value and your development machine should be equipped with a network card to avoid another computer generating an identical GUID. GUIDs are nothing new. For instance they are used to identify…

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Higher Costs for Being Out of Compliance with IBM Licensing

By John Emmitt A recent article in The Register, highlights changes that IBM made to its Passport Advantage program toward the end of 2014. The article points out that now it is even more important for IBM customers to maintain good records of their IBM software installations and stay in compliance with their license agreements. The Passport Advantage wording now states: “If client’s records are inadequate to determine IBM Subscription and Support or Selected Support charges, IBM’s charges for any excess usage will include two years of associated maintenance and IBM Subscription and Support or Selected Support.” This means that…

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The Business Story Behind Installation Software

Warning! This is not a software demo video. In fact, there’s no demo at all. It’s a business story of how today’s installation software helped a company grow. It’s perfect for sharing with others to make a business case or simply to explain how to solve web, cloud, virtualization, and multiplatform installation needs. Watch what Bob and his engineers at the fictional Success Corp. experienced: More time to build amazing features that beat the competition Faster products to market Smooth installation experience for every customer See what Bob has to say and view the video today. Don’t forget to share!…

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Service Delivery Nirvana: Universal Enterprise App Store

Being a Best in Class enterprise IT Organization is no longer about simply fulfilling employee requests. It’s about keeping systems up and running as well as getting reliable applications to employees when and where they need them. And as more and more devices connect to the Internet, a consistent user experience and end-to-end service delivery is a key requirement for user satisfaction. But, getting the right information, to the right person, at the right time all while keeping the oversight needed to be secure and compliant is a challenge for most organizations.

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Software License Optimization Maturity Model: Installation Assessed – Level 1

By Randy Littleson In this four part series, we’re going to break down the Software License Optimization Maturity Model and discuss what you can achieve at each level of maturity. This is the first in the series on Installation Assessed – Level 1. Level 1 – Installation Assessed – Where is software deployed? Legacy license models used heavily in traditional Windows applications are simplistic in nature—frequently based on a single user or device per license. Modern license models, on the other hand, used for more current Windows and many non-Windows applications, particularly server applications, have complex license metrics based on…

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What Vince and His Team Wish They Knew about Hardware Asset Management

By John Emmitt Vince Vaughn has a new movie that came out recently called Unfinished Business, and the promotional campaign included having the cast making some hilarious “stock photos”, such as the one above. (Caveat—they may only be hilarious if you are in marketing). The film’s synopsis starts out with: “What began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable—and unimaginable—way….” Hardware Asset Management (HAM) may not have been able to save Vince’s business trip (or even the movie, which seems to have had a very short run in the movie theaters) but it could help…

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Using an Enterprise App Store to Shine a Light on Shadow IT

Shadow IT represents the way that the business is making technology decisions independent of the internal IT support teams. With the adoption of cloud and SaaS-based applications, it has become very easy for the business to exclude IT in their technology planning, sourcing, and execution. We must look for ways to move faster. The only way to do this is to collaborate with the business in solving their problems. If we don’t, we will eventually be perceived as irrelevant and unable to provide value to the business. Here are a few strategies to assist in building the bridge and keeping the IT department relevant in the eyes of the business.

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Microsoft SCCM – new version will be released to support Windows 10

Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of program management for Microsoft’s Windows Server and System Center Group, recently gave a keynote address at the 2015 System Center Universe in Dallas. He assured the audience that Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is the on-premise PC management solution of choice for Miscrosoft

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InstallAnywhere Tip: How to Specify Native or Swing Resources

The InstallAnywhere $IA_BROWSE_FOLDERS$ variable controls whether InstallAnywhere installers will use Swing or Native resources to render the Browse for Folder dialog box (also called the Select Folder dialog box). This distinction is important when localizing an installer. Native—When the $IA_BROWSE_FOLDERS$ variable is set to Native, the installer renders a Browse for Folder dialog box that has a look and feel consistent with the end user’s operating system. Swing—When the $IA_BROWSE_FOLDERS$ variable is set to Swing, the installer renders a Browse for Folder dialog box that uses the correct locale for all languages, and it is consistent across different platforms. To…

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Cloud and SaaS make my software license management problems go away. Right?

By Cyndi Tackett I’ve talked to several companies over the past few weeks who believe that their software license management problems will disappear with the move to Cloud and SaaS delivery models. Unfortunately, your licensing challenges are not going away, however you will be dealing with a totally new set of problems: Hosted vs. On Premises: Certainly, one of the biggest advantages of moving to Cloud or SaaS based applications is reduced hardware infrastructure and personnel costs required to run business applications. The software asset management (SAM) challenge this presents is that, even today, most companies have a hard time…

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