Latest software licensing articles

Campaigners angered by reports that Oracle's in-memory database feature is switched on by default

Money tap
Auto-enrollment must stop, says Mark Flynn of Campaign for Clear Licensing on reports that users may pay $23,000 for a feature they never use
25 Jul 2014

Open source in local government, and other unicorns

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Despite years of encouragement from central government to adopt open source software, many public sector IT chiefs are clinging to proprietary tools. Stuart Sumner finds out why
02 Jul 2014

“Each time we look at open source, Microsoft is cheaper” says local government CIO

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Jos Creese, CIO for Hampshire County Council, explains why local and central government often procure proprietary software over open source, and large integrators over SMEs
29 Apr 2014

London borough to roll out Google Chromebooks to escape Microsoft's licensing costs

Barking and Dagenham claims it would have to pay over £200,000 more to replace outgoing Windows XP desktops with Windows 7 PCs
02 Apr 2014

Resale of software: 18 months after Usedsoft

As the European Commission consults on a review of EU copyright law, it is time to reconsider the Usedsoft judgment, argues DLA Piper partner John Wilks
03 Feb 2014

SAP kisses and makes up with user group over licence resistance

Fury of 2012 event avoided as chairman states amends have been made
25 Nov 2013

'What are the user benefits of SAP innovations and acquisitions?' asks user group chair

SAP and its users must continue to collaborate closely in mobile and cloud, warns Adams
25 Nov 2013

The Top 5 IT budget killers and how CIOs avoid them

There are certain elements of the IT estate that have a habit of springing nasty surprises on those drawing up the annual budget. In this documentary we speak to IBM, and the CIOs of Marks & Spencer and Network Rail to find out how they avoid the IT budget killers
30 Oct 2013

Proprietary software models 'not cloud friendly' agree Channel 4, Sage and Investec

'Completely different model needed' agree experts on AWS customer panel
17 Sep 2013

SAP introduces 'partial termination' of unwanted licences, cutting SAP user costs

Company still unwilling to allow 'licence parking', however
22 Aug 2013

Licensing consumes most IT budget, patching absorbs most time

Computing surveyed over 100 IT professionals about the biggest consumers of IT budgets and man hours
07 Aug 2013

Microsoft Build 2013: 'We want to move beyond numbered software versions, but we’re not there yet' says development VP

Despite company move to Cloud and SaaS, regular updates still not suitable for all software, says Somasegar
27 Jun 2013

SAP users wasting £19bn through lack of consolidation, says report

HCL research says savings of 25 per cent possible with wiser instance deployment
10 May 2013

NHS Hertfordshire takes up ownership of licensing compliance with Trustmarque

Trustmarque chosen two years after NHS's Microsoft Enterprise Agreement ended
30 Apr 2013

GP hails data digitisation service's potential to free up time, space and money

Pay-as-you-go Lloyd George archiving service could fill NHS security holes and cut costs
04 Apr 2013

Microsoft U-turns over non-transferable Office 2013 licence

Microsoft says that customers can transfer their Office 2013 licences to other PCs after all
06 Mar 2013

Hundreds of jobs on the line as 2e2 enters administration

Integrator has already closed 10 subsidiaries and axed 319 staff
29 Jan 2013

SAP misses operating profit expectations despite record revenues

German software firm releases preliminary financial results
15 Jan 2013

Microsoft to increase licence costs from December 1

Customers may be unaware of price hike
29 Nov 2012

SAP users frustrated over complex licensing and 'licence parking'

User group suggests ‘favouritism’ may exist, despite a firm company line from UK MD Tim Noble
19 Nov 2012

Microsoft files patent for camera-based content licence enforcement

Number of software licence users to be viewed remotely via webcam
12 Nov 2012

How and why: moving legacy applications to the cloud

LIVE 17th SEPTEMBER: As with all technologies, there is an optimum level of cloud deployment at which the functional, business and financial benefits are all maximised. Most organisations have not yet achieved this level. The reason? Legacy and mission-critical applications.
06 Sep 2012

Microsoft licensing costs destroy Windows Phone adoption

Ovum analyst claims Microsoft’s licensing costs are putting off phone manufacturers
23 Jul 2012