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News Analysis: Microsoft Licensing Update – April 2010

Welcome To The First Of A Series Of Posts On Microsoft Licensing Updates. Given the vast array of Microsoft products and licensing categories, an organization may often feel overwhelmed by Microsoft’s policies.  While there may be some complexity, these series of posts are designed to provide up to date commentary and analysis on new programs […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 28, 2010

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

Monday's Musings: Decoupling Support From Maintenance – What Apps Vendors Can Learn From Microsoft Dynamics

Who Says Support Has To Be Bundled With Maintenance? About a decade back, vendors would offer support and maintenance as two separate line items on their contracts.  Support would run about 5 to 10% the license fee and so would maintenance.  Keep in mind, average support and maintenance fees were under 15% back then.  Here’s […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 8, 2010

Monday's Musings: Why Users Must Preserve Their Third Party Maintenance Rights

Apps Users Seek Third Party Maintenance For Cost, Value, and Service Updated surveys from inquiries, client conversations, and user group meetings show a 113.8% increase in interest in third party maintenance (3PM) services from Q3 2009 to Q1 2010 (see Figure 1).  Key factors stem from (see Figure 2.): Continuing cost pressures. Budgets continue to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 22, 2010

News Analysis: SAP Revives Two-Tier Maintenance Options

Standard Support Returns After Much Deliberation
SAP announced today that they would be reintroducing their Standard Support offering. Customers now gain choice with a 2-tier maintenance offering. Here are the details between standard support and enterprise support.
* Standard Support Offering reintroduces at 18%. Customers seeking core bug fixes, support packages, risk mitigation, and related new functionality will have choice in staying on standard support. The program is designed for customers who seek to keep their systems up and running. Customers with CPI clauses in their contracts will want to take note – the first set of consumer price index (CPI) price increases will begin January 1st, 2012.
* Enterprise Support remains at 22%. SAP will continue to offer Enterprise Support at 22% for new customers and a ramp up for existing customers (see Figure 1). Enterprise support includes features such as best practices for IT operations, proactive monitoring and reporting, and transparency for business process performance. Customers who choose to go with Enterprise Support prior to March 15th, 2010 will be eligible for ramp up.
* Supplemental offerings still available. Other programs such as Max Attention, Safeguarding, and Product Support for Large Enterprises (PSLE) will continue to be available by choice and invitation.

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 14, 2010

Tuesday’s Tip: The SAP Optimization List – Key Ecosystem Vendors You Should Know

High Cost Of Ownership And Changing Requirements Drive SAP Users To Seek Optimization Solutions
As users await SAP to regain its mojo (see Dennis Howlett’s post) and implement it’s “Voice of the Customer” strategy in 2010, users must continue to reduce their cost of ownership and complexity. In addition, rapidly changing business requirements require some users to seek SaaS alternatives, additional point solutions, and extensions.
Consequently, vendors providing SAP optimization and extension solutions represent one of the fastest growing parts of the $78.7B (2009 Altimeter Group estimate), 850,000 SAP service partner and developer ecosystem. SAP users already embrace many of the solutions from vendors on this inaugural SAP Optimization List as part of their business value oriented apps strategy. The living list covers seven areas including:
1. application extension and usability;
2. application life cycle management;
3. archiving, storage, and test data management;
4. license management and optimization;
5. Microsoft Office integration;
6. third party maintenance; and
7. virtualization

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 5, 2010

News Analysis: DSAG Project Team Members Resign Leadership of SUGEN KPI Working Group

DSAG project team and project leader departure could signal disagreement with methodology not SUGEN SAP embarked on an ambitious program to prove value in its Enterprise Support fee hike last year.   As planned, SAP should announce the results for the first set of SUGEN KPI’s in early December.  However, two key SUGEN KPI project […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 30, 2009

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

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

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

Vendor Event: Soft Summit 2009

Title: Vendor Event: Soft Summit Location: The Sheraton Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA Link out: Click here Start Date: 2009-10-21 Start Date: 2009-10-22 Description: What is SoftSummit? Agility and Insight. Profitability Today! “SoftSummit has a great mix of practitioners, looking at licensing from an end-user and a vendor perspective and has a great deal of […]

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

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

Monday's Musings: Users Now Expect More Advocacy From Their User Groups

Many user groups currently meet the basic requirements… Today’s independent and vendor sponsored user groups serve a key role in building community among a common interest group.  Typical mission and objectives often include: Creating an environment to share information and best practices Exposing issues and limitations with a vendor’s product and partner solutions Soliciting member […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 3, 2009

Tuesday's Tip: 3 Approaches To Return Shelfware

Declining demand and diminishing output increase the pressure for enterprises to reduce their software license maintenance costs.  As part of a larger enterprise apps strategy, shelfware reduction provides an area for significant cost savings.   However, shelfware reduction is often hard to achieve because many vendors impose: Enterprise wide agreements. These “all you can eat” agreements […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 21, 2009

Research Summary: An Enterprise Software Licensee's Bill of Rights, V2

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY “An Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights (LB0R) V2” brings the 10th installment of an on-going series to provide clients with insight on how to better align their packaged apps strategies.  Version 2 of the LBoR updates the original groundbreaking list of 36 best practices for software licensing and pricing and provides […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 14, 2009