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Podcast Episode 14: Office365, Unbundling Microsoft, Monetizing Mobility

Unbundling Microsoft product options

Unbundling Microsoft product options

In this podcast I was joined by some great experts who share their opinions on Microsoft.

This is our third podcast on Microsoft and follows similar discussions on Microsoft Virtualisation and Microsoft in the Datacentre.

In this podcast we cover:

  • Safe harbour, Office 365, blockers to adoption
  • Breaking up Microsoft bundles
  • Office 365 meets commercial acceptance but blockers and uncertainty remain (security, performance, compatibility)
  • Capex vs Opex
  • M&A with Office 365
  • Actual usage and Exchange Online
  • Stepping back and identifying true needs
  • Breaking down Microsoft bundles and picking a la carte
  • Knowing what you don’t need is probably most important issue
  • Tracking as a key issue
  • Microsoft tooling configuration centric – no use for licensing
  • Managing Azure costs and IAAS costs
  • Client Immaturity and Education required “We have an enterprise agreement so we can install whatever we want”
  • Leverage complexity for your advantage
  • Monetizing mobility
  • Microsoft SAM engagements as a revenue generator
  • Microsoft SAM as Microsoft audit in disguise
  • Microsoft’s support of ISO tags (-2 & -3)
  • A vision of ISO and “push button compliance”
  • API access to Microsoft services to support management
  • Microsoft CSP

ITAM Review readers on the East Cost USA – please come and join us at a free Microsoft Licensing seminar on Wednesday 21st October at Baruch College, New York:

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About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.

He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.

Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).

When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.

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