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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Webinar: Assess Your License Optimization Maturity and Develop a Plan for Improvement

By John Emmitt Managing the software licensing landscape within most companies is a complex task, which is made more complicated by the sheer number of contracts to be managed (hundreds, if not thousands) as well as the different types of licenses that must be administered. Industry trends such as virtualization, cloud, and increased flexibility in software licensing have added to this challenge, ensuring that the complexities associated with understanding and managing software assets continue to increase. Attend the Assess Your License Optimization Maturity and Develop a Plan for Improvement Webinar with IDC analyst Amy Konary and Flexera Software SVP of…

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InstallShield Tip: How to Modify the File-Transfer Behavior for MSIs

InstallShield offers different techniques for modifying the default Windows Installer (MSI) file-transfer behavior for installation and uninstallation. Each technique meets a different need and can be adapted depending on requirements. The techniques include: Using the Never Overwrite component setting Changing the REINSTALLMODE property Specifying companion-file relationships Using the Permanent component setting Using the RemoveFile table to delete files created by your application For example, you can modify the Never Overwrite setting in the Components view or the Setup Design view of the InstallShield environment. If you set the Never Overwrite component property to Yes, Windows Installer will skip installing the…

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Windows Server 2003: Count Down to End of Support

This month issue of Redmond Magazine (March 2015 Vol.21 No.3) features a countdown to the critical Windows Server 2003 end of support deadline July 14, 2015. 32% of Redmond readers said that migrating their Windows Server 2003 systems is a top priority this year, but an estimated 65 percent will not finish all the server migrations by July 14.

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Flexera Software Announces Microsoft SAM Competency Renewal

By James Benn Flexera Software has successfully renewed its Microsoft Software Asset Management (SAM) competency, and is a Gold level partner. With this certification, we have demonstrated our SAM expertise and best-in-class capabilities for managing and optimizing software licenses. When selecting a SAM solution provider, Microsoft encourages its customers to consider vendors that bring SAM best practice process knowledge and experience, as well as a clear core competency in understanding complex software licenses and entitlements, including Product Use Rights. Flexera Software’s Global Consulting Services organization has many staff members that not only have the required SAM certifications, but have also…

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Windows 10 Will Ship With Two Browsers: Internet Explorer 11 and Spartan

AdminStudio Suite helps customers quickly test and remediate application compatibility issues for IE 8, 9, 10, and 11, and more. We work with Microsoft and other vendors to ensure compatibility and supportability for a wide range of applications and platforms, including virtual and mobile. With the right solutions and automation in place, customers can maintain a process for continual Application Readiness, keep up with new releases, and never have to worry about being forced into transition by products that have reached their end of support.

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Service Delivery: Streamlining Application Readiness in Complex Environments

Streamlining the Application Readiness Process in Complex Environments from Flexera Software Try AdminStudio Suite for repackaging and editing MSIs, and more. Convert applications to leading virtualization formats, test applications for compatibility, and asses mobile apps for risk and OS compatibility. Download the free trial. – See more at: http://blogs.flexerasoftware.com/Application-Readiness/page/5/#sthash.8KSMxive.dpuf Try AdminStudio Suite for repackaging and editing MSIs, and more. Convert applications to leading virtualization formats, test applications for compatibility, and asses mobile apps for risk and OS compatibility. Download the free trial. – See more at: http://blogs.flexerasoftware.com/Application-Readiness/page/5/#sthash.8KSMxive.dpuf Try AdminStudio Suite for repackaging and editing MSIs, and more. Convert applications to…

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