Reducing License Compliance Risk from Enterprise App Stores

By Vincent Smyth, Senior Vice President of EMEA at Flexera Software. Originally posted on ITProPortal You know the mood in the corporate world is optimistic when enterprises shift their focus from “down to the bone” cost-cutting measures to enhancing operational efficiency and innovative projects. 46% of CIOs reported increases in IT budgets in the last year to fund projects designed to improve the effectiveness of their operations, according to a recent Harvey Nash survey. This is indeed good news. Technology-led as we are today, innovation in the enterprise is to a large extent being driven by software applications – look…

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3 Top Tips: Building Installations for Today’s App-Savvy Users

As technology has become more sophisticated, so have users. Expectations run high for easy-to-use software. And where do they experience their first impression of software? When the installation begins! To exceed expectations, check out these three tips: Tip #1: Build Single Suite Installations Users want to install once. Create installers that bundle multiple products together into one unified installation. Tip #2: Shorten Download Wait Time Time expectations have shortened and users want downloads to start ASAP. Build installations with technology that reduces their wait time. Tip #3: Freshen Up How the Installation Looks Today’s users know what modern looks like…

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Optimizing Oracle licenses, including trade-in credits to move to the cloud

By Vincent Brasseur Oracle Maintenance & Support must be paid on all licenses included in a single license set regardless of their use; the support level must be identical across a license set. A license set is a group of software or features that are associated together in some way. For instance, all Oracle database editions (Enterprise, Standard, Standard One and Personal) are in the same license set. This license set also includes any additional options and management packs that can be added to an Oracle database. Regardless of the use of the licenses, maintenance is due on all licenses…

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Say Goodbye to Windows Server 2003 While Maintaining Software Compatibility

In July 2015, Microsoft’s venerable Windows Server 2003 operating system will reach end-of-life, meaning the company will not provide regular support or updates for the operating system outside of an expensive custom support contract. Windows Server 2003 remains in widespread use in organizations of all sizes. However, in the decade since its invention, an incredible array of changes have occurred in the IT industry. New forms of attacks, new perspectives on security, new approaches to management and automation, and more are all here. Windows Server 2003 will never be able to take advantage of these advances, or adequately protect itself…

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Microsoft Office 365 on iPad

By Vincent Brasseur Few weeks ago, Microsoft has announced the availability of Office 365 for iPad. The licensing terms related to the use of the Microsoft Office suite on mobile devices, including the iPad, are confusing. There are different Microsoft offerings covering its use; there are also different ways to access Microsoft Office from a mobile device. Some organizations and users may already be entitled to use the product in this environment, others may require additional licenses. Office 365 is a cloud offering that includes Microsoft Office products. These products are installed locally on devices, but Office 365 also allows…

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Software Update Postmortem: Bruises and Lessons Learned

“My software update was terrible.” Hopefully, no one has said this about your software update, but the reality is that many companies have been there. Since just about every software company in the world provides updates, good preparation is essential. Users expect a smooth, trouble-free experience beginning with the installation through usage of the software. Since the installation is where everything begins, do you have a strategy for creating an update-friendly Windows MSI installer? This white paper, Designing an Update Friendly MSI Installation, can help. It discusses how to design your original Windows Installer setup project to prepare it for…

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Getting Control of your Software Estate Part 3 of 3

By Rebecca Mack As we discussed in Part 1 of this blog series, to get control of your software estate, you should first implement a hardware and software inventory tool, understand what is installed in your environment, and lock down your machines to really help you manage what is being installed in your environment. In Part 2, we discussed implementing a Software License Optimization solution to automate the process of managing your hardware and software assets, purchase orders, and contracts as well as leveraging software license entitlements to optimize your license position. This allows you to maintain license compliance and…

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Microsoft App-V Changes Installation Development Landscape

Enterprises and government organizations want App-V for its time- and cost-saving benefits. However, standardizing on App-V requires time-consuming conversion of both legacy and newly purchased applications. To help customers gain the benefit and avoid the time, more and more software companies are making their applications available as an App-V package and a traditional MSI package. It’s a significant change for the development landscape. So what options exist to help software developers build an App-V package? A white paper, Microsoft App-V: What Software Installation Developers Should Know, answers this question and more, including: • What exactly is Microsoft App-V? • What’s…

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Microsoft’s MPSA Volume Licensing Program

By John Emmitt This CRN article describes 6 things organizations should know about Microsoft’s relatively new (first launched at the end of 2013) volume licensing program– Microsoft Product and Services Agreement (MPSA). This program is for enterprise customers with more than 250 seats. MPSA lets customers buy cloud and on-premises software in one agreement– it replaces Microsoft Business and Services Agreement (MBSA), Microsoft Select Plus Agreement, and Microsoft Online Services Agreement (MOSA). MPSA will save you time– its only 7 pages long, compared to Select Plus which is 37 pages. MPSA is part of Microsoft’s top-down effort to make licensing…

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Are You Still Running Windows Server 2003? – Take Our Survey

Flexera Software is surveying IT leaders to get feedback regarding key events that are influencing their future technology decisions. As you may be aware, Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2003 will reach its end of life in July 2015. In a recent article by Michael Cobb, a renowned security author with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, he explained that, “Windows Server 2003 is the equivalent of Windows XP in the server world; industry experts estimate that there are more than 10 million machines still running Windows Server 2003, with many of them using mission-critical services….

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Software Asset Management Programs, One Role at a Time

By Natalie Overstreet Lias Any organization must ensure that its software asset managment (SAM) team possesses the essential skills for success. Previously, I wrote that when an organization first institutes a SAM program, the most immediately critical role to fill for program success is the role of the Software Asset Manager. The Software Asset Manager must understand software licensing terms and conditions, especially the ones used by the enterprise’s major software suppliers. ITIL and other sources recommend a number of SAM roles beyond the Software Asset Manager. How do these other roles fit into a SAM team, and when should…

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Go to the Movies: InstallShield and InstallAnywhere in Action

Sometimes, it’s just better in video. Whether you want a first look or a refresh on InstallShield and InstallAnywhere, check out the two new on-demand videos for a practical and detailed demonstration of both products. Each video offers a product overview and then dives into specific areas for cross-platform installers and Windows MSI installers. For InstallShield, topics include the project assistant, Microsoft App-V, the installation designer and more. For InstallAnywhere, segments cover the project wizard, advanced designer, installer UI and other key areas. Using the menu on the front screen, you can view the entire video or select only the…

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