Software licensing is often impenetrable and costly for the CIO who makes a mistake. Mark Flynn leads a new body that aims to redress the balance and fight the corner for end-user companies.
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The cloud may have jumped forward over the past few years but that doesn't mean managing these services has got any simpler.
After inking a deal with Microsoft in 2012, the New Zealand government plans to extend all-of-government licensing to other software vendors.
The Army used thousands more copies of a system than what they paid for, and tried to hack the software to get around the licenses, the software company alleges. The government is paying $50 million to make the case go away.
SAP says it's giving users more flexibility and choice by letting them switch spending from unused software licences to other selected on-premise systems.
Although many big companies are running several instances of SAP's ERP software, a number of issues stand in the way of the cost savings that rationalisation could bring.
Organisations large and small are wasting their IT budgets by not managing their software licences, according to new research.
The Department for Education claims a new deal with Microsoft will mean UK schools will get discounted software and more flexible licences.
A decision in the Court of Justice of the European Union allowing the resale of software licences caused strong reactions in Germany. Oracle's lawyer said the company will fight on
Statistics released by the Cabinet Office reveal how much the public sector is spending on IT, and how only the tiniest fraction of assets are reused despite government pledges
NSW Police has denied new claims laid against it by UK software firm Micro Focus that it tried to cover its tracks on using software without licences by using further software that it also didn't have licences for.
The University of Queensland has had issues with software licensing, because individual faculties each have a different purchasing process, making it hard to see the software being used by whom. Now, the university has adopted Flexera to keep track of software use.
The company has reported growth in software licences and product support revenue, although its hardware business saw a fall
An unnamed Melbourne-based advertising agency has agreed to pay $100,000 in damages to an alliance representing software companies, after it admitted it didn't have licences for all of the software it was using.
Properly tracking and organising software licences are major responsibilities of every IT manager.
Amazon Web Services now certifies and supports a number of Oracle applications for Elastic Compute Cloud, which the software maker's customers can use with their existing licences
The company's managing director has said it is making an effort to reduce the number of license options to make choices easier for customers
An enterprise agreement that gave NHS employees licences for desktop software has expired, with England the last of the UK to let the deal go
Software costs can spiral out of control if you're not very careful. From licences bought when the company was bigger or because it wasn't seen to be necessary in less stringent times to count exactly how many concurrent users the application would attract, to licences for software that's no longer used or has been superseded, it's an easy way to throw cash away.
Vendors ramped up licence auditing last year, becoming more strict on compliance as the downturn hit product sales, according to Forrester
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