With the Microsoft Partner Conference over a month behind us, we reflected on the things we learned, the conversations we had, and the relationships we were able to build. Today, I want to highlight one major outcome for us as a company: our brand-new partnership with Insentra, a service company in Australia with a unique business model!
Aug 30, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Aug 23, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Grant Brierley
I started in the software asset management (SAM) space in 1999/2000 and have been actively involved in it since.
In my previous role, I worked with more than 500 accounts where many SAM managers were bemoaning the fact that IT gave them poor reports or not in a timely fashion. They would stand in line waiting for IT to issue more critical data to other people because they depend on this information and without it, they cannot do their jobs.
While most large organizations already have some form of software asset management in place, it is often siloed in IT, purchasing, or finance, and it is still not enough to break down the information silos between the IT department and other parts of the company, such as finance, HR, or purchasing.
To solve this problem, I used to run workshops. I got all different kinds of people together in one room, and I would start off by saying, "Imagine I am a piece of software. What is my path through the organization?" People would always be surprised by how much impact one little piece of software could have on their workflows and how many other teams are involved in this process.
Aug 19, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Clio Ionni
How many times have you typed ‘How to prepare for a conference’ in Google with no or little success? Personally, I have done it many times. Trying to put together all the information coming from different blog posts into one list didn’t really work for me and I was still missing some crucial steps.
Aug 16, 2016 1:33:07 PM / by Barry Angell
On August 2nd, Microsoft launched its Windows 10 Anniversary Upgrade, which some say is equivalent to the Service Pack 1 milestone that many enterprises are waiting for to start seriously with the migration plans. So, the migration race from Windows 7 and the much-derided Windows 8 is well and truly on as more than half of enterprises globally are planning to build their migration engine for Windows 10 in Q3/2016.
Having said that, executive management (CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and CFOs alike) need to read up and get informed about what is involved. But with so much contradicting information floating around, so many obstacles to overcome and so many questions to answer (e.g., How much budget do we need?, Can we insource or should we outsource? Should we hire a large service provider like HP Enterprise, Atos, Fujitsu, MCS or Wipro?), executives are often not sure how, or if, they should proceed.
Aug 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Besides requiring constant internet access and connectivity, Windows-as-a-Service also means enterprises will have to shell out a monthly fee and constant updates! For an IT professional whose professional career has been evolving around researching, preparing for, and deploying the next versions of Windows, this might take some getting used to.
CTOs and other stakeholders will now be dealing with a reality that involves paying Microsoft a monthly subscription fee to use Windows via Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider channel. Whether access to this new mode of Windows in the enterprise makes your organization more agile, efficient and able to compete against rivals more efficiently will remain to be seen, of course.
Aug 2, 2016 3:13:06 PM / by Barry Angell
Can you believe that it has already been a year since Windows 10 launched?
On the other hand, so much has happened since then that one could also be surprised that it has only been a year. As we are approaching the first anniversary of the initial Windows 10 release, it becomes clear that despite having been the fastest adopted Microsoft operating system ever, Microsoft has work to do to reach the company's self-imposed goal of 1 billion devices by 2018.