Landmark Adobe Enterprise Agreement (EA) means signficant savings [Adobe]

There are benefits to signing agreements. The organizations saving money on Microsoft with an enterprise agreement know this. As well, they know it frees them from administrative hassle with a true-up where new licenses are paid once a year.

Adobe is offering a similar program called the Enterprise Agreement (EA) 2, for Acrobat and Creative Suite software. The agreement will offer the most substantial discounts of any Adobe licensing program, and provides locked-in pricing for a three year term.

Here are three ways that it’ll make purchasing easier: [Read more…]

Top 3 ways Cognos 10 will change how you see your business [IBM]

Whether you’re new to business analytics or a stead-fast Cognos 7 or 8 user, there are plenty of features in Cognos 10 that could change the way you understand your business.

Lucky for you, Softchoice’s enterprise architect Jody Girard, the practice leader for Data and Information Management, has boiled all the best features down to three. Check out his favourite aspects of Cognos 10 and how they might add value to your business here:


Tip: if you want to hear more about Softchoice’s Free POC offering and see what your data looks like in Cognos 10, skip to the end of the video or send Jody an email.

Read more on the top features after the break.

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How the right server can save real $$ on application licensing [IBM]

Are application memory hogs eating up server space and causing licensing costs to go through the roof? If you answered “hell ya!” to that question you aren’t alone.

Until recently, the problem organizations have traditionally run into when virtualizing their data center environment has been the inability to scale server memory high enough to allow high density of virtual machines per server.

Virtualization and database applications are memory hogs. Typically, the user runs out of memory way before running out of processor power, especially with today’s extremely powerful Intel processors. And, to make matters worse, in the past the only way to scale memory to the max has been to fully populate the processor sockets. This has led to low virtual machine density and less than optimal desktop virtualization capability because of memory scalability limitations. It also means extremely high licensing costs for database applications since those costs are based on either processor count or socket count. [Read more…]