Software Licensing - Infoworld en SAP users rattle sabers over charges for user-friendly Fiori apps <p>SAP user groups are stepping up pressure on the vendor over the fees charged for its user-friendly Fiori applications, saying they should be included as part of the substantial annual maintenance costs customers already pay, particularly given SAP's dismal track record with interfaces for its Business Suite ERP software.</p> Applications Mobile Technology SAP Mobile Apps Software Licensing ERP Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:55:05 +0000 admin 240557 at BrandPost: The Microsoft licensing optimization process in four signature steps <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>Our <em>Revealed</em> video provides an overview of the four steps we use in every <a rel="nofollow" href="">Microsoft Licensing Optimization</a> (MLO) engagement. Each customer is unique, and we’ve employed our signature four-step process for every customer, since case file #1. Microsoft licensing and their technology stack are constantly changing, but our four-step process is the constant that delivers sanity, due-diligence, and most importantly—results.</p></div> Software Licensing Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:06:25 +0000 PC Connection 240036 at Supreme Court set for landmark decision -- good or bad -- on software patents <div style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Supreme Court set for landmark decision -- good or bad -- on software patents" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The <a href="">U.S.</a></p> Intellectual Property Software Licensing Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:20:21 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239585 at BrandPost: Microsoft's Power BI sealed with a KISS <p>There is no shortage of data these days and making sense of it all may just be within reach. <a rel="nofollow" href="">Microsoft</a> has tried to Keep It Super Simple—no one deserves to be called stupid—when it comes to complex analytics and business intelligence. Power BI is designed to help users discover tremendous data insights with the everyday skills they use with Excel, Office 365, and a browser.</p> Software Licensing Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:55:51 +0000 PC Connection 239582 at BrandPost: Windows XP is barely hanging on <p>Recently, I have noticed considerable buzz regarding a Windows XP support announcement by Microsoft.&nbsp;What I have been hearing from customers over the last couple of weeks is, “Hey, did you hear Microsoft extended XP support again?”&nbsp;Unfortunately, this is not completely accurate; Microsoft will <em>not </em>be patching Windows XP after April 8<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;What Microsoft did<em> </em>announce last month was that it would be delivering security signatures through its anti-malware products that will help to protect systems, including those still running Windows XP.</p> Software Licensing Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:41:21 +0000 PC Connection 239438 at BrandPost: Microsoft extends XP malware updates one year <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>Don’t be fooled here—the <em>only</em> support Microsoft will extend are the anti-malware updates. If you’re still running XP after the <a rel="nofollow" href="">April 8, 2014 deadline</a>, you’re still at great risk. Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, and online technical content updates on Windows XP.</p></div> Software Licensing Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:58:08 +0000 PC Connection 238711 at Microsoft scrambles to simplify its licensing <p>Microsoft is pledging dramatic improvements to its notoriously complex enterprise licensing, but experts are skeptical about the potential impact of the plan.</p> <p>Microsoft's licensing policies and procedures are devilishly convoluted, a situation that has worsened in recent years with the popularity of virtualization, cloud computing, mobile devices and the consumerization of IT.</p> Consumerization of IT The Industry Standard Microsoft Software Licensing Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:03:29 +0000 admin 238677 at BrandPost: What's your Microsoft licensing strategy? <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p><a rel="nofollow" href="">The Microsoft Licensing Optimization</a> (MLO) overview gives you a high level look at the MLO process—what is it, how it works, how long it takes, how you will benefit. The MLO process and deliverables are unique.&nbsp; They were designed 100% from the ground up by our team of licensing and technology gurus. What’s more, they’ve been battle-tested and refined in the field for years with customers large and small, in every industry and sector.</p></div> Software Licensing Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:19:37 +0000 PC Connection 238423 at BrandPost: The Microsoft Licensing Corner, #4 <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>As you know, Microsoft generates a lot of talk in tech circles. You want to keep up on the latest news, but you don’t want to have to sift through every article and post to find the information most useful to you. That’s where I come in. As a person obsessed with Microsoft software licensing, I’ve hand-picked the best articles about the most relevant updates and product releases, from around the Web. Read on for information about Microsoft Server and Cloud Licensing, Windows 8.1 updates, and more.</p></div> Software Licensing Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:12:20 +0000 PC Connection 237772 at BrandPost: Lenovo will enhance your Windows 8 experience <p>Like many IT professionals, you may be wondering if it’s worth the time and energy to make the upgrade to <a rel="nofollow" href="">Windows 8</a>. Well, if you’re still running Windows XP, there’s no better time than now, as Microsoft officially ends support for that version of their OS on April 8, 2014.</p> Software Licensing Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:08:36 +0000 PC Connection 237526 at BrandPost: Windows 8.1: The new modern experience <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>In this series, we’re presenting a first look at <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>. Today, we’ll be looking at the changes to the Windows 8 “Modern” interface. For those of you who are fans of the new Modern UI backbone of Windows 8, here are the changes we noticed immediately. These are four of our initial impressions, the things that jumped out at us as we’ve been using Windows 8 on our companion devices since launch.</p></div> Software Licensing Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:21:26 +0000 PC Connection 237159 at BrandPost: Windows 8.1 for business: Is it worth the upgrade? <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>In this final installment of our <a rel="nofollow" href="">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;series, we’ll get right down to it and let you know why we think this is the OS version that will make your upgrade worthwhile. So if you’re thinking about how your future computing environment should look and planning some kind of transformative element in your next refresh cycle, we say give Windows 8.1 a serious look for three reasons:</p></div> Software Licensing Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:04:10 +0000 PC Connection 236683 at BrandPost: Windows 8.1 first impressions <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>There’s been something missing from the <a rel="nofollow" href="">Windows 8</a>&nbsp;platform that gives a large number of our business customers pause, and we understand the concerns. Windows 8 was a radical departure from the Windows we’ve all been using since the early days. Flashing tiles, a new interface layered on top of a traditional interface in one OS—we heard time and again from customers large and small that it was too much change.</p></div> Software Licensing Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:36:39 +0000 PC Connection 236335 at BrandPost: The top 8 changes to Windows 8 <p>With most users seemingly content to run Microsoft Windows 7 for the foreseeable future, why should you upgrade to Windows 8? This new OS is a response to new trends in the rapidly evolving IT landscape like BYOD, VDI, and an increasingly mobile workforce. Here are 8 important aspects of Windows 8 explained so you can decide if upgrading is the right move for your organization. <br /> </p> Software Licensing Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:06:30 +0000 PC Connection 236166 at BrandPost: Take advantage of VDI technology upgrades with Windows 8 <p>Microsoft Windows 8 has brought many changes to your traditional desktop. The start button is now the start screen, and this start screen displays new active, dynamic tiles. From a technological perspective, Microsoft flattened the architecture allowing for quicker boot ups, faster application launch, and less stress on the compiler. Read on to learn more about these beneficial changes in Windows 8. <br /> </p> Microsoft Windows Software Licensing Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:24:51 +0000 PC Connection 235947 at BrandPost: Now is the time to upgrade to Windows 8 <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>You’ve heard it many times by now: Extended Support for Windows XP Service Pack 3 is ending soon. And now April 2014 is right around the corner. We know that moving your whole organization to a new OS can be a daunting project, the consequences of running old technology can soon outweigh the benefits. Looming security risks, performance lags, and costly management and requirements mean now is the time to move to Windows 8. Read on for three reasons why upgrading now makes sense.</p></div> Microsoft Windows Software Licensing Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:27:52 +0000 PC Connection 235781 at BrandPost: Is there room in your stable for Windows 7 and 8? <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>Right now, the vast majority of the customers I talk to have chosen to migrate to Windows 7. They are doing this for a lot of good reasons, and I get it. But it’s also becoming clear that specific use-cases within an organization can really benefit from Windows 8/8.1. For more information about what Windows 8 can bring to your organization, read on.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Windows XP Migration Services" /></p></div> Microsoft Windows Software Licensing Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:51:32 +0000 PC Connection 235401 at Open Compute pushes GPL-like license for 'open source hardware' <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Open Compute pushes GPL-like license for 'open source hardware'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">fifth Open Compute Summit</a>, a two-day get-together staged by Facebook's Open Compute Project, hosted several Computer Hardware Open Source Software Facebook Software Licensing Open Source Software Computer Hardware Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 235205 at BrandPost: Behold! The Start button! <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>In this series, we’re presenting a look at <a rel="nofollow" href="">Windows 8.1</a>. Today, we’ll be talking about the famous Start button.&nbsp;</p></div> Microsoft Windows Software Licensing Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:16:03 +0000 PC Connection 235179 at BrandPost: Are your Microsoft products nearing end of life? <div class="BlogPostBody entry-content clearfix"><p>With all the buzz about end of support for Windows XP looming ever closer, now is a good time to take a closer look at Microsoft’s Mainstream and Extended Support. What does each type of support provide? Why is it important to you? And what are the upcoming dates that you should be aware of?</p></div> Microsoft Windows Software Licensing Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:41:21 +0000 PC Connection 234870 at