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Coming to a SAM Theatre Near You

Florence Court · May 21st 2019

Spoilers, suddenly everybody seems awfully worried about spoilers. I open up twitter and I am besieged by “don’t spoil Endgame” tweets…I turn on the TV this morning and am greeted by a lengthy warning that precedes a ‘spoiler free’ discussion of Game of Thrones. The lesson was that whatever you do at the moment just…

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Just for a Rep..

Florence Court · May 7th 2019

We often get asked why we don’t have customer testimonials on our website, or a page devoted to the logos of the companies we are working with? The reason we don’t have this is really quite straightforward, at SAMcraft we don’t publicise who we work with because we respect the discretion required for maintaining our…

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The hunt for Redhatober

Florence Court · April 18th 2019

Easter is nearly upon us and it’s time for SAMcraft to reminisce about the Easter Egg hunts of our youth. Imagine if you will 1980’s Britain and a high stakes race across the back garden of a suburban semi-detached house. Picture the scene as we tear through the undergrowth competing with siblings, nature and mysterious Boo…

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Process makes Perfect

Florence Court · March 18th 2019

Without wishing to sound like the proverbial broken record, how many more times do we have to explain that Process is the key to long term success in Software Asset Management? The glamourous world of SAM is so focused with Audit Defence, Software Savings and Software Optimisations but a world away from all that glamour…

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When Two Worlds Collide

Florence Court · March 6th 2019

Television fans will no doubt still be absorbed by the events in this week’s special crossover episode of Casualty and Holby City. For those who haven’t seen the show all you really need to know, in order to fully engage with this blog, is that the UK’s most famous fictional hospital has come under attack…

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Return of the Vendor

Florence Court · February 28th 2019

Back by no popular demand it’s your least favourite, most aggressive, anything but friendly – software vendors!!! Yep, you thought you’d snuck out of 2018 and made it into 2019 unscathed. But just in time for spring here they come,  bringing absolutely no joy whatsoever, it’s the vendors. Please don’t go looking for the magic…

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Please don’t play it Again, SAM

Florence Court · February 20th 2019

In 2019 Do NOT let your software vendor decide which path your business takes – that’s the message of this blog if you haven’t got time to read any further. It’s worrying, but not all together surprising, how many businesses’ we see that are letting the software vendor dictate their software strategy. It is common…

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Communication Breakdown

Florence Court · February 8th 2019

One of the biggest challenges to a successful SAM programme is the misalignment of key stakeholders across a business. Often the case is such that entire areas of the business, all of whom have a critical role to play in the procurement, consumption and application of software, do not talk to one another. The more…

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‘SAM’ Same as it ever was…

Florence Court · January 30th 2019

How do you renew your software contracts? What’s the process you use for a renewal? The reason we ask is that it seems more and more companies are still buying software based on a number, not a requirement or with any SAM in mind. It really is the same as it ever was, just make…

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Don’t push me cos I’m close to ‘the cloud’…

Florence Court · January 17th 2019

The message behind Microsoft’s recent price rises would appear to be telling customers (for the umpteenth time) that the answer to lower costs can be found in the cloud. Apparently, the cloud is the answer to financial freedom from the burden of ever extortionate software licensing but, is that actually true? Who does the cloud…

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