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✊✊ – Software License Audit are you compliant?

Florence Court · June 10th 2019

Software License Audits are a nightmare, any of you reading this and who have had the misfortune of going through one will agree. Once the vendors get a sniff that you might have software compliance issues they will swarm in and look for whatever money they can extract from you (oh and do rest assured…

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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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Don’t let your Software Audit head over the cliff

Florence Court · January 4th 2019

2018 was a funny old year for umpteen reasons, least of all for the fact that Britain seems to be lurching towards a Brexit shaped cliff’s edge, with many of us Brits have no real idea what’s going to happen. It’s a strange scenario and a bit like being audited by a major consultancy firm….

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No more free refills?

Adel Khan · November 29th 2018

From January 2019 Oracle is planning to alter its commercial model for Java. As you would have guessed the difference between what is considered as ‘billable’ and ‘free’ is about as clear as a misty mountaintop. I suppose we should have seen this coming back when Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, sooner or later they would…

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All you can’t eat.

Adel Khan · November 2nd 2018

We were reading an article today about the dangers of AI with regards to protecting personal data, but funnily enough we couldn’t finish the article because the magazine wanted us to give them an email address to continue reading. What a well thought out piece of ‘content’ that was. It’s articles like these with the…

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A SaaD fact widely known…

Adel Khan · October 26th 2018

Today we want to talk about SaaD or ‘Software as a Dependency’ . To fully understand SaaD, you must first start to think about when exactly did software change from being something that enabled your business into something that your business has an unhealthy dependence on? Where did it start? Was it the vendors using drug…

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The Auditor is coming…

Adel Khan · October 12th 2018

Halloween is not the only thing to be frightened about this year…oh no…before you start carving pumpkins…and before you pretend you’re not home in order to avoid giving mischievous children sweets, there is a much more realistic threat heading to an office near you. The Auditor. The Auditor, much like the cinematic maniac Michael Myers,…

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Why go Independent?

Adel Khan · September 28th 2018

At SAMcraft we pride ourselves on our independence. We’ve spoken at considerable length, particular in the blogs, about conflicts of interest between reseller, vendor and customer. It’s not to say that there isn’t an important sales facilitation role between vendor, reseller and customer, but you simply don’t want your SAM being delivered by a company…

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I never did believe in the ways of magic, but I’m beginning to wonder why…

Adel Khan · September 24th 2018

We’ve been critical of conferences in the past, because we’ve been put to sleep by conferences  and we’ve certainly shared our scepticism about the use of magic in business…but even SAMcraft must admit that Gartner’s IT Sourcing, Procurement, Vendor & Asset Management Summit 2018 looks interesting. Understandably we think calling it a ‘summit’ is a…

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What matters is the method…

Adel Khan · September 14th 2018

One of the big dangers of any SAM programme is engaging with the toolset provider prior to actually understanding what your requirements are. Recently we’ve seen several RFPs that have been written with a heavy bias towards the functionality of certain toolsets. These RFPs don’t seem to read like a set of customer requirements and…

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