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Microsoft tarts up software licensing to fend off 'a few clicks and a credit card' rivals

Microsoft is trying to make the dark art of software licensing less complicated and more relevant to a cloudier world – but, as always, the devil will be in the detail. The first signs of a Redmond overhaul came at the end of September when it canned Select Plus Agreement rebates for channel partners in favour of the Next …
Paul Kunert, 9 Dec 2013
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The five constants of IT asset management

Kylie Fowler got controversial when she spoke last month to an audience of asset management and configuration management professionals at the BCS CMSG Conference in London about the five constants she always encounters in her 10-plus years of working as an IT asset management consultant. While these constants may always hold …
Eira Hayward, 1 Jul 2013

Dell committee to Icahn: Show us the money

Dell's special committee has asked Carl Icahn and his investment partner Southeastern Asset Management for a bit more info on their plan to thwart Mike Dell's bid to take the firm private, while Icahn suggests himself for the board. The committee, set up to look into Mike Dell's offer to take his company private for $24.4bn …
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SaaS for speedy relief of licence headaches

Managing software licensing has to be one of the least fun aspects of an IT professional’s life. For one thing, it is medically proven* that there is no better means of inducing a headache than trying to read the whole of a software licence. And that is before you get to the logistics of managing the things: making sure they …
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2011
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Dell's Kace control freak ARMed for SMBs

In February 2010, Dell shelled out an undisclosed sum for Kace Networks, a vendor of server appliances to rather big companies. Today, the Kace systems management appliance division of Dell set its sights on much smaller businesses with an asset management appliance called the M300. The company hopes the pricey appliance will …

Automation begins with keeping track of your assets

Automating effectively requires you to know what is connected to your network and what patches it needs, and to be able to push patches on to the right device at the right time. Before you can manage anything, you need to know what hardware and software you have and where it is. Then you need to take control of it, remotely …
Mary Branscombe, 27 Jun 2011
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Asset management And Service Management

Workshop When it comes to providing users with access to the tools and information they require to perform their daily tasks, the notion of service provisioning is usually to be found close to the heart of IT operations. A wide range of new solutions are now available to ‘help’ IT deliver services to users but is the job getting any …
Tony Lock, 7 Apr 2010
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Keeping track of stuff: the secret of service management

Workshop IT gets asked to look after a lot of stuff which it may not have had a hand in procuring or specifying. Most organisations have IT procurement policies in place but it doesn’t mean they are followed by everyone. Compound by lots of years and add a bit of M&A here and there, and we can see how easy it might be to arrive at a …
Tony Lock, 28 Sep 2009
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Taking note of notebooks

Few organisations today have exempted themselves from the rapid increase in the use of mobile computing tools, be they laptops, netbooks or handheld devices. There is no doubt that their use can deliver tangible business benefits. Equally, they can help employees better tailor their work-life balance, which is to their benefit …
Tony Lock, 17 Feb 2009

GPS tracking slapped on laptop recovery service

Absolute Software has added GPS tracking to its laptop theft-recovery and asset-tracking service. This will allow asset managers to track laptops to within 10 metres. The technology will also speed recovery of missing or stolen computers, being easier to use than previous IP address-based tracking technology. The technology …
John Leyden, 8 Aug 2008
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Government waves cutlass at IT budget

Treasury minister Yvette Cooper yesterday announced a plan to look for wide-ranging cost cuts in government budgets. Martin Read, the government's Chief Information Officer, will look for savings in back office and IT spending. Other strands include collaborative procurement, asset management, sales and property. Read, ex-CEO …
John Oates, 4 Jul 2008

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