June, 2012

  • Microsoft Supports International Standards to Help Make Software Licenses More Manageable

    At most of the industry events I attend for Software Asset Management (SAM) Professionals, a common refrain is heard from these busy, and often frustrated, individuals who are tasked with ensuring compliance with software licensing agreements: "We need to know what we need to measure." They also want better software license manageability, as opposed to more audits or proprietary tools.

    Asset managers are closer to getting what they are asking for, as progress on the adoption of the set of ISO 19770 standards continues. ISO 19770 is an international set of standards consisting of two parts (19770-1, and -2). The first part of the standard, (19770-1), is directed at enterprises and outlines best practices and processes for effective SAM. ISO 19770-1 uses implementation tiers to make it easier for customers to attain the ISO standard via a phased approach. Microsoft's SAM Optimization model will map to the 19770-1 tiers. The SAM Optimization model will show customers what they have obtained so far and the gaps to achieving more. Microsoft will be launching this as part of the Worldwide Partner Conference this July.

  • Congratulations to SoftwareONE Brazil – 2012 Microsoft Volume Licensing Partner of the Year

    Each year, the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) Awards program recognizes partners who have delivered exemplary solutions and services built on Microsoft technologies.

    SoftwareONE is a Global Large Account Reseller (LAR) and a Gold Certified Partner, focused on providing software licensing and software asset management solutions to customers. SoftwareONE Brazil has been a finalist for the Volume Licensing Partner of the Award the last couple of years for their impressive story of volume licensing growth and performance.

  • Class is in Session at TechEd North America and On-line

    If you’re an IT or procurement professional then we have news that will interest you: Microsoft is previewing a new training and accreditation program designed to beef up foundational licensing knowledge so that IT pros and procurement rofessionals can maximize their software investments. 

    Developed based on feedback from more than 80 executives worldwide who participate in our Volume Licensing Customer Advisory Board, we’ll preview the training starting June 1. You can read more about customer feedback channels and common themes Microsoft Volume Licensing is hearing from customers in a recent blog post, including that the transition to cloud solutions has introduced licensing complexity and a strong interest in cloud-ready licensing.