Why you should consider Premium Assurance for Windows Server and SQL Server

In today’s rapidly evolving IT landscape, IT organizations are walking a fine line between transitioning to the cloud and retaining on-premises systems. They’re moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud for flexibility and scalability, but also need to maintain stable, secure, workable environments in house for applications that are not yet suited for cloud deployments. These transitions can take time, and often don’t happen in one fell swoop—mission-critical and legacy applications often have to stay on legacy server versions longer, and ensuring their security is vital to providing continuity and a stable environment. (more…)

4 times you’ll be glad you have Cisco SMARTnet

Many IT departments think of warranties and extra support as costly add-ons, a waste of money preparing for disasters that probably won’t happen.

Every once in a while, that might be the case. For the vast majority however, these programs are a smart insurance policy for the day when hardware or software issues crash your system—sometimes permanently. That kind of disruption can have a huge impact on your bottom line, waste tons of time, and leave customers confused or headed to your competitors. Even a single incident can make a warranty or support team worth every penny. (more…)

Why you shouldn’t shy away from Windows 10

Windows 10 is designed to be the operating system to end all other Windows operating systems. It’s the present and future, the pinnacle of Windows, and can adapt to any device you throw at it. So why are so many businesses hesitant to adopt it?

The short answer? Because it’s different. Windows 10 has more in common with operating systems for phones and tablets—and Apple products—than previous iterations of Windows. But different doesn’t mean bad, and Windows 10 fits the modern work environment better than any previous iteration.

If you’re still sitting on the fence, hesitant to bring Windows 10 into your environment, here’s why you should stop resisting and take the leap. (more…)

6 software license terms to consider before moving to the cloud

Some 95 percent of IT professionals have taken to the cloud, according to a recent survey. And if you’re one of them, you might want to check your licensing – you could be breaking your contract.

Many organizations aren’t aware that their existing software license terms may include obstacles to migrating applications to a public cloud. If you’re considering a move, be careful with what you transition—your intentions may not line up with what’s allowed by your contract. The older the agreement, the more likely it will lack clarity on the subject; however, newer agreements can be just as vague. (more…)

How to negotiate a better software audit clause

Many customers report that the number of software audits requested by publishers has risen dramatically over the past several years.

At best, this proves inconvenient for customers that have to allot valuable time and resources to manage the audit. At worst, organizations face steep financial penalties if unintentional license deficits are discovered.

Perhaps the best means of protecting your company from the risks of software audits is negotiating sufficient protections in your software license agreements when initiating your relationships with publishers. By getting down on paper the terms of any future audits, you mitigate many of their potential risks. (more…)

Not your father’s antivirus: How new malware detection gives IT a leg up in cybersecurity

IT security is a fundamentally uneven playing field: You have to win every day, but attackers have to win just once. Cyber criminals spend mere pennies compared to the huge investments that organizations make on network defenses, specialized security and compliance systems, and employee education. And IT is always chasing a new target – yesterday’s biggest risk was a Trojan horse, today’s threat is ransomware, but tomorrow’s threat is unknown.

Even IT’s best methods – whitelisting, quarantining, and sandboxing – still can’t prevent the majority of attacks, and they often disrupt employee productivity or increase the burden on IT. So is there a way to prevent malware, like ransomware, even if it’s never been seen before? And can you do so without impacting user productivity? The short answer is yes. Here’s how. (more…)

Adobe gives Creative Cloud for enterprise the VIP treatment. Here’s what it means for you.

whats newAdobe’s Creative Cloud for enterprise suite can now be licensed through a Value Incentive Plan (VIP) Agreement. Translation: Organizations are no longer required to license Creative Cloud for enterprise solely through an Enterprise Term License Agreement.

Creative Cloud for enterprise gives users some of the industry’s most powerful creative apps across desktops and mobile devices. This suite allows users to share assets across apps and teams, accelerate the design process, and manage the enterprise to work securely.

You might be asking yourself, “Does this affect me?” Let us explain what this option means and how you can capitalize on Adobe’s latest subscription licensing option. (more…)

3 health care IT trends that could shape your next technology purchase

healthcare securityHealth care is in the midst of unprecedented change. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the shift to electronic medical records (EMR), and the country’s increased focus on wellness have shaken up the industry, leading to more accessibility for patients, widespread data sharing, and greater dependency on cloud technology.

Yet health care continues to be one of the most outdated industries when it comes to IT, making it difficult for health care IT managers and directors to find the best technology for their needs.

There’s already been a shift from buying to leasing, as the rate of technology innovation leads to more turnover. What other trends can you expect to play a role in your next technology investment? Here are three of the biggest concerns to think about before your next health care IT purchase. (more…)

Will these product and licensing changes from Microsoft affect you?

what you need to knowYou probably heard Microsoft is buying LinkedIn. But have you heard about MPSA’s evolution and the licensing changes for Windows Server 2016 and Office 365 (O365)?

Microsoft announced a handful of adjustments to select current licensing models, as well as new suites of products, over the past several weeks. Understanding these changes will help organizations effectively plan for upcoming renewals and/or new IT initiatives.

Let’s run down the latest Microsoft changes. (more…)

5 reasons you’re likely to get audited

auditThere’s no way around it – your organization will face a software audit at some point. A few years ago, Gartner found that 65 percent of organizations were audited by at least one publisher in the previous year, and there’s no reason to believe that figure has decreased.

Organizations, especially enterprises, deal with thousands of licenses from dozens of publishers, with millions of dollars in fines, fees, and penalties at stake if an audit finds an organization under-licensed. (more…)