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5 BS “facts” about software audits everyone thinks are true
Published
November 6, 2018
IBM® audits are surrounded by myth and fabrication – here are five that you need to stop believing right now
Why software audits are the new black?
Published
September 28, 2018
IBM® software audits aren’t just an exercise in identifying shortfalls – they are also an important source of revenue for Big Blue
Death, taxes and software audits
Published
September 6, 2018
IBM® software audits are inevitable. Eventually a Big Blue bean counter will arrive on site to count your licenses – how can you prepare for their visit?
Surviving a business software license audit failure
Published
August 20, 2018
Eventually your business will fail an IBM® audit – here's how to survive the fallout
So überleben Sie ein nicht bestandenes Softwarelizenz-Audit
Published
August 20, 2018
Auch Ihr Unternehmen kann ein IBM®-Audit in den Sand setzen. So überstehen Sie die Folgen.
4 ways to fail an IBM® software audit
Published
August 14, 2018
Failing an IBM® software audit is incredibly easy – here are four mistakes that you need to learn from today
Does third party support increase the risk of an audit?
Published
August 3, 2018
Dropping IBM® support may save a lot of money – but will it trigger an IBM® audit that costs even more?
IBM® Contract Knowledge: The Difference between a SAM Guru and a SAM Rookie
Published
July 26, 2018
Contract details are where the SAM can save their business – or make a huge mistake that makes them look like a rookie
Contract Transparency – It’s not as difficult as you think
Published
July 20, 2018
Software contracts are notoriously hard to understand. But making sense of them is easier than you think
See you in court. Are we about to see more IBM® software licenses being challenged?
Published
June 29, 2018
OEMs like IBM® are using ambiguous contracts to gouge their customers – but is the worm about to turn?
Post warranty software rights – do you know what they are?
Published
June 19, 2018
Knowing your software rights is crucial to surviving an IBM® audit – and to planning your future software strategy
How to avoid buying more software licenses (and OEM maintenance contracts)
Published
June 14, 2018
Buying extra software licenses is a short term solution to avoid failing an IBM® audit – but that’s not a strategically helpful move
Does IBM®’s business model even leave space for their software clients anymore?
Published
May 3, 2018
HCL Technologies has spent nearly $1bn licensing IBM® software IP – but why? And what does it mean for you?
The Modern CIO is driven by financials - so why throw away money on unnecessary support coverage?
Published
April 11, 2018
The CIO faces pressure from the CFO and CEO to deliver value for money and deliver strategic IT projects – so why throw away cash on unnecessary support coverage?
Moderne CIOs sind finanzfokussiert – warum also Geld für unnötige Supportabdeckung verschwenden?
Published
April 4, 2018
CIOs stehen heute zunehmend unter Druck, da CEOs verstärkt auf die Realisierung strategischer IT-Projekte drängen, während CFOs ein besseres Kosten-Nutzen-Verhältnis einfordern. Warum sollte man in der Situation Geld für unnötige Supportabdeckung verschwenden?
Navigating the M&A minefield with third party IBM® support
Published
March 13, 2018
Following a corporate acquisition, discover how to make the process of merging IBM® systems easier (and cheaper) following a corporate acquisition.
In the era of Big Data, everything matters – including IBM® legacy support
Published
December 4, 2017
When business agility, data transformation and quality of customer service rely on speed, you need a support partner who can respond quickly.
The 6 Best Practice Pillars of a SAM Guru
Published
October 25, 2017
So, what are these pillars, and what do they mean?
6 Faktoren, die einen SAM-Guru ausmachen
Published
October 25, 2017
Software-Asset-Management ist selbst im besten. Hier die kritischen sechs Punkte und ihre Bedeutung für Ihren Erfolg.
Is a lack of experience why IBM® software support ‘experts’ can’t resolve your queries?
Published
October 20, 2017
According to customers, IBM® has a poor track record of resolving technical issues quickly – this is why
Origina Earns Approval from Global Industry Analysts
Published
October 17, 2017
Delighted to hear Forrester name check our benefits, highlighting our savings of up to 50% on OEM contracts.
Why Can’t IBM® Deliver the Service Software Customers Expect?
Published
October 11, 2017
When customers first contact Origina, most are concerned they are not getting value for money spent on official IBM® support contracts.
How third party software support avoids evil licensing tricks
Published
October 6, 2017
Megavendors often employ evil tricks to keep customers locked into their maintenance contracts – but a 3rd party support provider can help.
“IBM® is not your only choice,” claims Gartner Research VP at London summit
Published
September 27, 2017
Gartner discuss third party support alternatives as customers fight to contain rising IBM® maintenance costs.
5 Tips for Getting C-suite Buy-in for Software Licensing
Published
September 13, 2017
These 5 tips will help you convince the C-suite of the importance of software compliance – and release additional investment too
Upgrade or Open Source? Introducing a third way to deal with EoSL
Published
September 6, 2017
Open Source or IBM® maintenance renewal? Here’s a third way that reduces costs further still
Why third party IBM® software support just “works”
Published
August 30, 2017
Contrary to what your IBM® account manager says, alternative software support provisions just work.
[Podcast] - Dominance of Large Software Companies Beginning to Crumble
Published
August 23, 2017
In this Podcast, we discuss recent ongoings in the Software Market including some cases of large software companies battling with the courts.
What will I lose (and gain) by choosing third party IBM® software support?
Published
August 9, 2017
A lower cost third party IBM® software support provider must have to cut corners somewhere. Or do they?
Russia is set to dump IBM® for Open Source licence – should you?
Published
August 2, 2017
The Russian government is looking to drop IBM® products in favour of Open Source licensed software – should you follow their lead?
How to guarantee a better class of software support
Published
August 2, 2017
For many SAMs, software maintenance is a necessary evil. Aside from being extremely expensive and consuming a significant portion of the annual budget, IBM® software maintenance is a major drain on resources.
Introducing The World’s First Complete Guide To IBM® 3rd Party Support & Maintenance
Published
July 28, 2017
If you’re a Software Asset Manager or responsible for licensing IBM® software in your place of work, this guide is required reading. You just might save your company a small fortune.
Why the Cloud makes software asset management much harder
Published
July 26, 2017
Why the Cloud makes software asset management much harder
Breaking the IBM® software lifecycle
Published
July 19, 2017
IBM®’s software update cycle is great news for them – but not so much for customers on maintenance contracts
How to reduce IBM® support costs using third party support
Published
July 12, 2017
Fed up with IBM® support costs? Read this. Now.
How to Maintain a Relationship With Your Vendor (and Use 3rd Party Support)
Published
July 5, 2017
Just because you’re moving to third party support, doesn’t mean your relationship with the OEM ends. Here’s how to keep it healthy
5 top tips for surviving a license audit
Published
June 28, 2017
5 top tips for surviving a license audit
IBM® – The Dark Horse of Software Audits?
Published
June 21, 2017
Many of IBM®’s customers are facing significant software audits risk, as IBM® has implemented a comprehensive audit program.
Survive an IBM® software license audit
Published
June 14, 2017
How to survive an IBM® software license audit
Third-Party Software Support Is A Good Idea
Published
June 7, 2017
Third-Party Software Support Is A Good Idea
Can Third Party Support Really Hurt Oracle?
Published
May 31, 2017
Can Third Party Support Really Hurt Oracle?
Microsoft retires the Volume Licensing and SAM Competencies
Published
May 17, 2017
Microsoft retires the Volume Licensing and SAM Competencies
How to handle a software audit
Published
May 10, 2017
Software audits are irritating and time consuming part of life. To survive one unscathed you'll need a thorough understanding of your licensing requirements.
Top Priorities for CIOs in 2016: Where Third-Party Support Fits
Published
January 20, 2016
Third-party support, application management, and consulting services that help CIOs achieve their highest priorities.
The Big Con
Published
December 9, 2015
The Big Con
Third-Party Software Maintenance Done Right…
Published
December 2, 2015
Third-Party Software Maintenance Done Right…
Microsoft stunts its own growth through licensing complexity
Published
November 25, 2015
Microsoft stunts its own growth through licensing complexity
Now Some IBM® Customers Might Be Able To Take Advantage Of Cheaper Third-Party Software Support.
Published
November 18, 2015
Now Some IBM® Customers Might Be Able To Take Advantage Of Cheaper Third-Party Software Support.
How Big Blue Blew It: Inside IBM®'s Catastrophic Earnings Miss
Published
November 4, 2015
How Big Blue Blew It: Inside IBM®'s Catastrophic Earnings Miss
The software licence police are coming for you
Published
March 11, 2015
The software licence police are coming for you
Bramble Hub Partnership
Published
October 21, 2014
Bramble Hub Partnership
Third party support driving down Oracle and SAP maintenance costs
Published
October 8, 2014
Third party support driving down Oracle and SAP maintenance costs
Oracle's Mark Hurd, users weigh in on third-party software maintenance
Published
September 24, 2014
Oracle's Mark Hurd, users weigh in on third-party software maintenance
Oracle v. Rimini Street Verdict Clarifies Ground Rules for Third-Party Maintenance
Published
September 17, 2014
Earlier this month, jury in Las Vegas reached its verdict in the Oracle v. Rimini Street lawsuit, a closely-watched case involving third-party maintenance.
Brief: Oracle’s Customers Are The Real Winners From The Rimini Street Verdict
Published
September 10, 2014
Brief: Oracle’s Customers Are The Real Winners From The Rimini Street Verdict
What is IBM® Passport Advantage?
Published
July 2, 2014
IBM® Passport Advantage (PA) & Passport Advantage Express (PAE or PAX) are IBM® programs that use a common set of agreements, processes and tools.
Office of Government Procurement (OGP) exciting money saving Framework
Published
June 11, 2014
We are delighted to announce successful placement to the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) exciting money saving Framework for the Irish Public Sector
IBM® software audit step number 1: read the contract
Published
June 4, 2014
IBM® software audit: The first step that a business owner should take after being contacted by IBM® for an audit is to collect and read the license agreements
Is it time to switch to third-party software support?
Published
May 21, 2014
Software vendors will tell you that their software support is better than the third-party however these contracts may be the answer to reducing that cost.
DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law
Published
May 14, 2014
The iconic image of the American farmer is the man or woman who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical items, tractors are increasingly
Vendor vs. Third-Party Software Maintenance Contracts
Published
May 7, 2014
Vendor vs. Third-Party Software Maintenance, survey of 240 CIO’s, sited poor service and dislike of the vendor as reasons why they’re weighing their options
Third-party Software Maintenance
Published
May 5, 2014
Spend less on software opportunity and the third-party software maintenance. Origina specialist application management on IBM® software, 800 products covered
Best Practices: Strategic Software Development Partnerships
Published
March 12, 2014
Origina are honoured to have been recently mentioned in Forrester's report on Best Practices: Strategic Software Development Partnerships.
The Single Biggest Myth Regarding Adoption of Third-Party Software Maintenance
Published
January 29, 2014
Adopting third-party software maintenance should never strain your business.
Software contracts - Is this what Stockholm syndrome feels like!
Published
November 13, 2013
Businesses are suffering, conditioned by software contracts vendors to believe they have absolutely no choice but to accept audits, annual charge uplifts.
Software Licensing: Move From Defense To Offense
Published
November 6, 2013
Our InformationWeek 2014 Software Licensing Survey, completed in July, reveals that more than a third, 37%, of organizations have been audited within the last 24 months.
Car makers sue customers for selling cars!
Published
October 30, 2013
When it comes to your car, you either own it or you don’t. There may be a variety of ways to finance a car purchase, but if you own it, you can sell it. If you rent or lease it, then you don’t own it
"Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM®"
Published
October 23, 2013
Can you ever get fired for buying IBM®? This article seems to suggest that you just might. With Origina you can keep IBM® but get the support/maintenance you really need
Forrester cites Origina's 'interesting proposition'
Published
October 9, 2013
Forrester Cites Origina - Origina help users of some IBM® enterprise software products (such as Websphere and Tivoli) save 50% on annual maintenance fees.
Origina CEO Tomas O'Leary speaks about Third Party Maintenance
Published
October 2, 2013
Origina's CEO, Tomas O'Leary speaks about businesses with IBM® infrastructure and the solutions provided by independent maintenance providers such as Origina
Origina co-founds Free ICT Europe.
Published
September 11, 2013
Origina, a leading third-party maintenance provider of IBM® technology have announced their membership and support of Free ICT Europe – a new alliance of independent enterprise ICT operators in Europe.
Why your CXO cares about the core support of IBM® legacy systems
Published
August 7, 2013
Show your CXO why they should care about the IBM® legacy systems that run your business and you could quickly become an IT hero!
4 Reasons to review your IBM® Legacy Support Contract
Published
July 17, 2013
Cost, reliability, expertise and service are 4 of the main reasons many end-users of IBM® hardware/software technology are reviewing IBM® Legacy Support contracts
Maintenance fees as a disruptive force
Published
June 19, 2013
Software support and maintenance fees are one of 8 disruptive forces needed to be managed to avoid a huge rise in IT Asset costs according to Gartner.
Gartner’s 2013 CIO Report
Published
March 13, 2013
According to Gartner’s 2013 CIO Report, which comprised of the view of over 2,000 CIO’s from 41 countries and 36 industries - ‘Reducing Enterprise Costs’ and ‘Improving IT applications and infrastructure
Getting the Digital Right to Repair on the CIO's agenda
Published
March 13, 2013
For many IT Leaders in large organisations the Service Industry Association’s (SIA) campaign for The Digital Right to Repair might seem like a minor consumer issue. But it is not. The success of this
Origina Customer Case Study with Lakeland
Published
November 14, 2012
This Origina architected cutting edge solution enabled Lakeland Dairies complete a full infrastructure refresh in order to give them a more dynamic, highly available, scalable and easier to manage IT