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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). Mexico’s Server earned special recognition for its work spreading the word about the benefits of SQL clustering.
When one of Mexico’s biggest large account reseller (LAR), Servicios Especializados en Recursos Informaticos, SA de CV (Server), wants to help its biggest clients ratchet up their ROI, they ask a not-so-obvious question. In addition to the traditional starting point for Software Asset Management (SAM), “Are you using your licenses effectively?” Server asks clients, “Are you using your servers effectively?”
Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Embedded 8 volume licensing for enterprises. Windows Embedded 8 is a platform specifically designed to extend the power and experience of Windows 8 to embedded industry systems such as kiosks, point-of-sale devices, and digital signs. Windows Embedded 8 products will be available to enterprise customers through the standard Volume Licensing channel, delivering the benefits that come with this channel directly to the enterprise.
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.”
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.
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.