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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Pesky Software Licensing Audits

Organizations Report Increase In Software Licensing Audits Across the board, the largest complaints about software vendors and their business practices have come from increasingly aggressive software auditing practices.  Once thought to be a small possibility, the software vendors now wield this big stick to drive up sales and of course ensure compliance.  Given the 32 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 19, 2011

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Vendor Threats To Charge For Back Maintenance Fees

Four Common Customer Scenarios Will Trigger Vendors To Raise The Back Maintenance Fee Discussion Back maintenance fees describe the amount an organization would have paid for maintenance if they would have continued to pay the usual stream required to access support, bug fixes, patches, and upgrade rights.  As economic conditions have worsened, many organizations have […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 13, 2010

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Monday’s Musings: Next Generation CIO’s Face 11 Skill Shifts In A Disruptive World

The Era Of CIO Dictatorships Ends With 2009 Less than 5 years ago, the mighty CIO controlled his or her organization’s destiny by shepherding multi-million dollar projects and ruling with a fist. Business leaders had to pay homage to the IT team and they hated it.  The economic crisis, advent of the cloud and SaaS, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 18, 2010

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Research Report: Customer Bill of Rights – Software-as-a Service

Connect.  Collaborate.  Innovate. Welcome to the first of many Altimeter Group research reports.  Before you dive deep into the Customer Bill of Rights: Software-as-a-Service report, we wanted to share with you a bit about the research process and how we work within the community. Connect.  We strive to bring new people together and share our […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 12, 2009

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Thursday’s Thanks: Customer Bill of Rights – Software-as-a Service

This post has been cross posted on the Enterprise Advocates blog A New Way Of Creating Research – Collaborative Input And Review Some time early next week, we (i.e. Altimeter Group’s Jeremiah Owyang and I) will be publishing a Customer Bill of Rights – Software-as-a-Service.  Through the generous input of 57 collaborators and organizations, this […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 8, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: Why Free Software Ain’t Really Free

Free Software Gimmicks From Some On-Premise Vendors Only Address The License Cost Issue Recently, readers and clients have been approached by on-premise vendors offering free software modules to incentivize new license purchases.  However, free should not be confused with the Open Source (i.e. Freeware) movement, where source code is provided with minimal copyright restrictions.  Free […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 6, 2009

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Personal Log: Altimeter Group – Helping Organizations Bridge The Technology Obsolescence Gap

Emerging Technologies Alter The Approach To Enterprise Strategies… The proliferation of and access to emerging technologies by the business user challenges organizations to rethink their enterprise technology strategy.  Consumer technologies have proven to be not only more innovative and collaborative, but also quite accessible and equally reliable when compared to existing enterprise tools.  The result […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 27, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: How To Properly Align Team Incentives In Software Contract Negotiations

In the first step of the original seven simple steps to successfully negotiate software contracts, the key is to have the right team in place.  To refresh everyone’s memory from the March 8th, 2004 post the details for Step 1 are: Step 1: Ensure that the right team is in place Inputs:  Organizational chart and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 4, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tips: Five Simple Steps To Reduce Your Software Maintenance Costs

Maintenance costs represent a major part of the software budget and the largest growing source of revenue for software vendors.   In fact, an aggregation of the past four quarters of software vendor financial results definitively demonstrates double digit declines in new license revenue, even more exacerbated by the evils of currency flux from the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 24, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – When Software Contract Negotiations Strategies Should Be Led By Domain Experts

A common question asked by readers of this blog is when should vendor contract negotiations be led by a domain expert and when should this be led by a procurement professional?  As the complexity of the technology topology increases, expect a multitude of domain experts in roles such as application specialists, business process experts, enterprise […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 10, 2009

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Poll/Survey: It’s Time To Update The Enterprise Software Licensee Bill of Rights!

Now’s The Time To Assert Your Rights With the market now in favor of the enterprise software licensee, its now time to update the Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights to include newer topics such as virtualization, SaaS and subscription pricing, newer usage based pricing models, open source, and vendor lock-in avoidance.  As mentioned in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 5, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Call to Action – Updating The Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights

Software Ownership Remains Unusual, Onerous, and Restrictive Software licenses are truly unique.  Licensee’s can not resell, reuse, or share their licenses with others. For example, enterprises easily reuse, resell, or share tangible assets such as hardware, telecom equipment, and storage. From both a replacement and life-cycle perspective, leases for assets such as telecom equipment incorporate […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 15, 2008

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Tuesday’s Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – Get Rid of CPI Escalation Clauses In Maintenance

Consumer Price Index clauses represent additional costs of ownership that should be avoided.  Maintenance typically represents 2 times the cost of the original license fees after 10 years of ownership.  Many customers have these CPI clauses in their contracts.  In the worst cases, customers may have signed CPI + X%.  CPI adjustments provide very little […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 2, 2008

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