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September ITAM News Round Up

September News Round Up

It’s been a reasonably busy month in the world of ITAM for September, with the biggest news coming from Oracle. The ITAM Review have also had a busy month with a number of new articles and events news!

September news:

Microsoft to stop Office365 On demand services

It has been confirmed that Microsoft are stopping the On Demand services for business users of Office 365 from November 2014. The initial announcement was made in a low-key post on an Internet forum, but now Microsoft has confirmed it. This impacts business users of Office 365 and Office Pro Plus.

Oracle Senior Management changes

Mr Larry Ellison stepped down as Oracle CEO in September, paving the way for a fresh pair of hands to guide the Oracle ship. Mr Ellison may be stepping down from his CEO role, but he will maintain is position as Chairman and Chief Technology Officer. So, he’s not exactly giving away all of his control, but it may result in a possible change in sales tactics for Oracle, or a change in licensing. The fresh perspective and new CEO may listen to Oracle users and make a change for the better!

ITAM Review/CCL hosting Oracle Event

The ITAM Review and Campaign for Clear Licensing have announced that they are to host an Oracle Seminar. The event will take place in London on the 21st November. Oracle licensing is extremely complicated, so the ITAM Review and CCL want to host an event to allow users to gain a better understanding of Oracle licensing, and also clear up any misconceptions or confusions they may have about Oracle.

The event is selling out fast, and there are a limited number of places. If you want to book your place on this FREE seminar, then please click here.

Interesting Reads:

Snow Software – Is Cross Charging worth the effort?

Jelle Wijndelts from Snow Software published a blog post on the issues around Cross Charging within SAM, and is it worth all of the effort? We found this to be a really interesting read as it questions, and answers, a lot of the issues around cross charging internally. We won’t spoil the article, so if you want to know Jelle’s thoughts you’ll have to go and read the article!

Flexera – Trends in Software Pricing & Licensing

Flexera have released their ‘Trends in Software Pricing and Licensing’ report. This report highlights the fact that 96% of enterprises are wasting money on un-used software and that due to budget issues organizations are moving towards a cheaper subscription license model.

Quick guide to hardware asset tagging

The ITAM Review published a ‘Quick Guide to Hardware Asset Tagging’. Asset tagging is big business within the ITAM world, with a number of different solutions available to effectively manage hardware assets. Our quick guide is a comprehensive overview of all of the options, the negatives and positives and also giving readers and insight into what hardware asset tagging is.

Event round ups from Gartner London and SAMS Europe

In the month of September the ITAM Review team went to two events. We were at the Gartner London conference and also at the SAMS Europe event in Berlin. For reviews and media from the events, please click on the links below.

Process of the month

Our Process of the month for September, authored by Rory Canavan is the ‘Software Request Process’. This is an extremely important process for any ITAM project, and the article is well worth a read if you are looking to implement or improve such process.


If you think we have missed any important ITAM, SAM or software licensing news, then please get in touch!

If you’ve read an interesting article or whitepaper that you think may be useful to your fellow professionals then please forward the information on to us so we can share with the community.

About David Foxen

David Foxen is a Software Asset Management expert and enthusiast. He had a vast experience of successfully implementing SAM, SAM tools and also made huge cost savings. A member of the ISO Standards WG21, David is a massive ITAM geek, so uses any opportunity to talk about the subject to who-ever will listen. He believes that the industry needs to share its knowledge and success stories to help the SAM industry mature and become more effective. Always willing to help, his primary goal is to make a difference to organisations and the SAM industry so everyone will know how epic SAM is!


  1. Jacobo Senior says:

    Link for ‘Trends in Software Pricing and Licensing’ is not working. Thanks

  2. Now fixed. Thanks for flagging it Jacobo.

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