June, 2013

  • Microsoft to go deep on Software Asset Management at the Worldwide Partner Conference

    Five days of strategy, networking, and deep technical training await Microsoft’s Software Asset Management (SAM) partners at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Texas, on July 7-11, 2013. With ten SAM-specific presentations — and ongoing one-on-one partner mentoring sessions — the program is a vigorous learning opportunity and a chance for SAM partners to connect with the newest industry information and trends.

    “For me, WPC is the perfect place to network with my peers and people from Microsoft who you usually only get to talk to over the phone,” says Oliver Berchtold, global SAM director for SoftwareOne, a Microsoft Gold Certified SAM partner. “I always look forward to getting new information and exchanging feedback with others from different countries on our performance globally.”

  • New ISO standards for Software Asset Management enter testing phase; feedback wanted

    A much-anticipated addition to the ISO standards for software asset management (SAM) has moved into the testing phase — and the group that created them is asking for your input.

    The new standard, Dash Three, concerns license entitlement and aims to better enable companies to understand the assets they’ve already purchased. When combined with Dash Two, this can help companies more easily gain an accurate view of their software assets to enable optimization and inform future buying decisions.


  • Microsoft Volume Licensing Mail Bag: Two Questions on SQL Server Licensing

    A Microsoft Volume Licensing Expert Answers your Burning Questions on Licensing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    Louise Ulrick is a UK-based licensing consultant and trainer with experience spanning three decades; she began running licensing training courses all the way back in 1995.  Today, Louise continues to love licensing and works all over the world on behalf of Microsoft. In her third rendition of the volume licensing mail bag, she answers two questions on how SQL Server licensing relates to virtualization, license mobility and Server/Client Access License (CAL) versus Core licensing options.

    SQL Server 2012 provides database capabilities, reporting and analytics, as well as security features for mission critical workloads. Many companies use SQL Server’s integration with Excel 2013 and SharePoint 2013 for real-time business intelligence and collaboration. 

  • Bringing the power of the cloud to software asset management

    In the weeks leading up to the Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Texas, on July 7-11, 2013, we’re profiling finalists for Microsoft’s partner of the year award for Software Asset Management (SAM). Here, Sweden’s Atea Sverige AB makes the case for Cloud SAM.

    Two widely accepted facts about software asset management: It’s critical to effective business operations, and it often requires on-site expertise to capture and crunch the data. When Atea, a leading Nordic supplier of IT infrastructure and the biggest large account reseller (LAR) in Western Europe, set out to make SAM more user-friendly, the company turned to the cloud to create a solution that greatly simplifies the process.

  • Office Mobile for iPhone is now available for Office 365 Subscribers

    If you have an active Office 365 subscription that includes the Office desktop applications, you can download Office Mobile for iPhone from the Apple App Store and use it to access, view, and edit Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) on your mobile device.

    License rights to Office Mobile for iPhone are included with the following Office 365 subscriptions in Volume Licensing: Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise Plans E3 and E4 and Office 365 ProPlus (including Education and Government Office 365 subscriptions with Office desktop applications).