Microsoft Software Asset Management

Dezarae Loewen, Inside Product Manager & Microsoft Licensing Specialist

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Microsoft has recently undertaken an initiative to increase requests that customers do an audit on their Microsoft software.  Have you recently received a notice from Microsoft about a Microsoft Software Asset Management Review?  If you have, you know it can be time-consuming and most often result in unplanned software license purchases. This could mean putting off other projects due to the unforeseen purchase of licenses to get compliant.

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Why does Microsoft conduct these reviews? They want to ensure that volume licensing customers stay correctly licensed under their programs. The most common causes of licensing issues are inconsistencies in versioning, product edition, server & CAL pairing, and companion products. Most companies find that they are non-compliant in one or more of these areas.  Some even find that they may be spending money on unnecessary software licensing.

 

What could help with this licensing confusion and potentially save you time and money in the future? The answer is a Software Asset Management (SAM) plan.  This is an ongoing plan to make it easier to identify what you have, where it’s running and whether you really need that software.  A SAM plan can help you cut costs, ensure that you have the best licensing programs for your organization’s specific needs, improve compliance and better prepare your organization for future software needs. A SAM plan can help your IT departments run more smoothly, and overall save time.

microsoft-partner-logoWe have several resources to help your company with your Software Asset Management needs. Whether you are in the midst of an audit or would like to get a better understanding of your Microsoft software, contact the Keller Schroeder Account Team. We are here to help!

 


TechSpot Recap : VMware-Kaspersky “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Premiere

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On Friday May 1st, VMware and Kaspersky Lab joined Keller Schroeder in treating a group of our clients and their guests to a private showing of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” at Showplace Cinemas.

Before the movie began, attendees and Keller Schroeder employee-owners listened to presentations from VMware and Kaspersky Lab featuring the latest from their technologies.

DezAfter beginning with an overview, VMware Healthcare Systems Engineer Max Abelardo discussed what was new with the vSphere 6 server virtualization platform, end-user computing using VMware, and the vRealize cloud management platform.

Chris Streeks, Systems MaxEngineer with Kaspersky Lab, then explained how clients could secure their virtual environments with Kaspersky. His talk centered around handling virtual endpoint security at scale and methods of virtualized protection.

AudienceAttendees also had the chance to win prizes. Matthew Yeley from MSWARS Research walked away with an Avengers-themed prize pack. David King with P&I Supply won our grand prize, a $100 VISA gift card.

For more information regarding the VMware, Kaspersky, or our upcoming events, please contact your Keller Schroeder Account Manager.


Microsoft to Increase CALs – Effective 8/1/15

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Keller Schroeder was recently informed that Microsoft is planning to increase the cost of their Client Access Licenses (CAL). On-premise user CAL pricing will increase by approximately 13% effective on August 1st, 2015. The list price for Device CALs will not change.

 

 

Which CALs are affected?

The following User CALs will be affected:

  • Core CAL Suite
  • Enterprise CAL Suite
  • Exchange Server Standard & Enterprise CALs
  • Lync Server Standard, Enterprise, & Plus CALs
  • Project Server CAL
  • SharePoint Standard & Enterprise CAL
  • System Center Configuration Manager
  • System Center Endpoint Protection
  • System Center Client Management Suite
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server CAL
  • Windows Server CAL
  • Windows RDS & RMS CAL
  • Windows Multipoint CAL

As a reminder, Device CALs will not be impacted by this price change, nor will CALs for any product not listed above (SQL, Dynamics AX/CRM, etc.).

If your company is looking to upgrade your Microsoft products, contact the Keller Schroeder Account Team soon to make those changes BEFORE the increase on August 1st. We will gladly answer any questions you might have and look forward to assisting you.


Spotlight On…

Paul Miller

Employee Owners: Paul Miller

 

Paul’s professional experience spans over 20 years across the IT departments of industries as diverse as Healthcare, Banking, Manufacturing and Distribution, Energy, and Broadcasting. Most recently Paul was a Senior Solutions Architect/Team Lead for Baptist Health Kentucky, where he supported over 3000 servers and 25000 clients. His roles included Project Management, Citrix Configuration and Support, Exchange Administration Active Directory Implementation, Acquisitions, Executive Advisement, Mobile Device Management, Domain Migrations, Network Analysis, Client-Server Configuration Management, Internal Security, Threat Response, Identity Management, and Staff Management.

Prior to his role at Baptist, Paul worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as Stride Rite Corporation and Kindred Healthcare. Paul served as Director of IT Systems for Physicians Primary Care, and also consulted for small and medium businesses in the Louisville, KY area. In these roles he implemented everything from Radiology Systems, Robotics, Software and Hardware Certification Processes, and Managed Client Solutions. He is a Senior Systems Engineer.

Contact the Keller Schroeder Account Team to learn more about Paul and how you can leverage his experience and skills to benefit your organization.


If I Could Hire Your Next CIO

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If I were your company’s next CEO looking to hire your company’s next CIO (Chief Information Officer), here’s the kind of person I would be looking for:

1.   Someone who cares more about our business than our data center. With the speed of change in technology, and the emerging opportunities to use it for strategic advantage, an aptitude for understanding and applying technology is no doubt an important trait. The leader of your IT organization must be able to articulate, educate and effectively deploy technology in the best interest of your business.  The best technologies, however, are of limited value if solutions are not embedded deeply within your organization’s purpose and plans, or if stakeholders do not buy in on the benefits.  All good organizations begin with “why?”, and the business or mission drives the “why” of technology, not vice versa.  Alignment between business strategy and IT strategy is incredibly important when resources are limited and timing is of the essence.

2.   Someone who cares more about people than projects. A repeatable, credible project management process, resulting in disciplined, in-scope delivery of well-tested solutions is the hallmark of an effective IT team.  The important thing to remember, though, is that good people deliver, and weak ones do not.  People want to work in teams where they are genuinely valued, where co-workers support and care about each other, and where they can see the positive impact of their work.  If you start with people and culture, then build good project management and execution disciplines, the results will follow.  The best processes and practices within a toxic work environment will produce temporary success at best, and even those achievements will be eroded over time by higher-than-necessary employee turnover.

3.   Someone who cares more about learning than knowing. We IT folks like to be the experts.  And if you are depending on us, you want us to be experts in functional areas not well-understood by other key leaders in the organization.  Routinely, however, we find the IT environment changing at a pace which does not allow us to know everything about everything.  IT leaders need to be lifelong learners with enough humility to (a) know when they need to ask for skills or advice from outside the organization, (b) be willing to admit weaknesses and failures in order to change and get better, and (c) network actively with internal stakeholders and external peers to ensure their organization is operating at peak performance.

I love the pace of change in the “tools of the trade” of IT, but I firmly believe the winners – from programmers and engineers through project managers and CIOs – understand and give proper attention to the relational and missional facets of the IT tools, projects, and solutions they are depending on to drive success.

 

Larry May

President