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April 8, 2013  2:47 PM

Tackling the Big Blue software licensing challenge

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
CIO, Licensing

In this guest post Martin Prendergast, CEO and co-founder, Concorde Solutions and board Member, Cloud Industry Forum, writes about issues to consider when licensing IBM software.

Enterprise software can represent as much as...

February 15, 2012  10:57 AM

Saas flexibility comes at a price, but the numbers don’t add up

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
CIO, Fact or fiction?, Licensing, Software Choices

It's been a few weeks since my last post. I've been busy attending conferences - Cloud Expo at Olympia and the Intellect Regent Annual Summit. Cloud computing is all the rage with the suppliers, but a survey from TechTarget,...

October 19, 2011  5:55 PM

VMware CEO Paul Maritz admits licensing will change to a consumption model

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Licensing, Moore's Law, VMware

In a questions and answers session at VMworld in Copenhagen, Paul Maritz, chief executive office at VMWare, responded to a question I posed...

July 15, 2011  2:00 PM

Oracle tight-lipped on eBusiness Suite support fee hike

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Ebusiness, ERP, Licensing, Oracle, SAP, Sun, Support

For the last three weeks a colleague on Computer Weekly has been trying to get a straight answer from Oracle on price changes to support and...

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June 7, 2011  9:30 AM

Save 90% with second user SAP and MS licenses…but are they legitimate?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
audit, Licensing, Microsoft, Piracy, pre-owned, SAP, second-user

During my research for the Top five IT finance and asset management issues article, about how to finance IT purchases, I came across two companies specialising in second-user...

February 19, 2010  10:54 AM

Understanding software licensing

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
BSA, FAST, Licensing, over-licensing, picacy, Software licensing

Computer Weekly has provided a quick guide with useful information from Forrester Research and Fast Ltd, which can help you identify problem areas in software licensing, that...

October 5, 2009  11:48 AM

Steve Ballmer has no plans to simplify MS licensing

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Licensing, Microsoft, upgrade, Windows

Steve Ballmer is at Microsoft's London HQ in Victoria today to explain to customers, resellers and system integrators, why they need Windows 7, Windows 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010.


He says BitLocker disk encryption, application and desktop virtualisation and central policy...

June 20, 2008  2:41 PM

Oracle database price hike

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Licensing, Oracle

Users of Oracles database products could see their licence fees rise by 20%, The company has increased the price of a number of products  in its June 2008 price list. Users of Oracle Standard One Edition will see an...

March 3, 2008  8:55 AM

Getting value from a Microsoft Enterprise Agrement

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Citrix, Licensing, Microsoft, Office 2007, Windows Server 2008

My latest podcast is with Adrian Davey, head of IT at Tube Lines. Microsoft Enterprise Agreements are expensive and Adrian's team has been reading the fine print line by line to make sure Tube Lines gets the...

February 28, 2008  8:37 PM

Oracle/Peoplesoft licensing and maintenance #1

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
BEA, Fusion, Licensing, Maintenance, Oracle, Peopelsoft

I met a former employee of Peoplesoft yesterday who had an interesting story about Oracle. Oracle has generously offered users of Peoplesoft 8 a free upgrade to version 9. But this generous offer seems to have strings attached. The upgrade was only free if you were prepared to make a hefty...

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