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February 24, 2017  10:40 AM

SAP/Diageo case shows software licensing needs to adapt to digital realities

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
API, Business software, Contract management, Internet of Things, lawsuit, MySAP, SAP, Software licensing

Here we are, it’s 2017, on-demand and pay-as-you-go software is all the rage, cloud is the rising and soon-to-be dominant IT architecture, and yet we’re still talking about...

September 30, 2016  10:03 AM

Not Strictly Windows – how Satya Nadella is teaching Microsoft new dance moves

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
AWS, Azure, cloud, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, microsoft windows 10, Office 365, Satya Nadella, Software licensing

Not that long ago, Microsoft was a mess. A 1990s giant losing its way in a world of smartphones and cloud services, but still a hugely important legacy supplier...


September 11, 2015  1:37 PM

Buy vs build and the rise of open source are driving digital transformation

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Agile, commoditisation, Digital skills, Digital strategy, Linux, OpenSource, Software, Software development, Software licensing

One of the defining characteristics of digital transformation for most organisations is the realisation that software development is a core business activity. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, building your own software was something to be outsourced - often to low-cost offshore providers. "We're...


April 4, 2014  12:52 PM

Who wants Windows XP to live forever?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Software licensing, Windows XP

And so the most popular PC operating system of all time reaches the final winter of its years.

Windows XP goes out of regular support on 8 April, but it is testament to its enduring...


July 12, 2013  10:24 AM

Microsoft CEO Ballmer wins Buzzword Bingo – but are customers playing a different game?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Android, Apple, Cloud Computing, Google Apps, ipad, iPhone, Microsoft, Office 365, PC, Software licensing, Steve Ballmer, Windows

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be celebrating today. He is the clear winner of the latest Super Buzzword Bingo competition, with his entry for the internal memo announcing Microsoft's biggest...

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January 24, 2013  1:35 PM

The dance floor empties as Microsoft keeps on ‘dad dancing’

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Android, Apple, Microsoft, Microsoft Surface, Smartphones, Software licensing, Tablet, Windows 8, WIndows Phone

Oh, Microsoft. I'm starting to feel sorry for you.

As we all get old, there usually comes a moment when you know you're out of touch. I remember my dad asking me once if I had been out with any "hot chicks" lately. The look I gave him told him that was his moment.

As a...


November 29, 2012  3:47 PM

The economics of the cloud in action

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Amazon, Cloud Computing, Google, IaaS, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Software licensing, Windows

Compare and contrast the following excerpts from Computer Weekly news stories in the past few days:

27 November: Google is expanding its infrastructure-as-a-service cloud computing platform into Europe and


October 11, 2012  11:03 AM

When will the traditional model of software licensing die?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Oracle, SaaS, SAP, Software licensing, Steve Ballmer

When will the traditional model of software licensing die? Surely it is only a matter of time.

This week alone, we've seen


September 16, 2011  11:04 AM

Safe, steady, boring – why Microsoft should give up on “cool”

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
consumerisation, Metro, Microsoft, PC, smartphone, Software licensing, Tablet, vista, Windows, Windows 8

There will have been three dominant reactions to the previews of Windows 8 demonstrated by Microsoft at its BUILD developer conference in California this week.

If you're a Windows developer or...


July 1, 2011  12:20 PM

Microsoft needs Office 365 to convince IT buyers to stick with traditional software licensing

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
cloud, Cloud Computing, Google, Google Apps, Microsoft, Office 365, Software as a Service, Software licensing

Microsoft, which describes itself as a "cloud company" these days, has made its biggest and perhaps most important foray into the cloud with the launch of Office 365. It's fair to say that if the software giant can't persuade customers to take its most widely used business application into the...


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