The Real Cost of Software Non-Compliance (and what to do about it)

The Real Cost of Software Non-Compliance (and what to do about it)

Software compliance is one of those aspects of business that exists safely in the back of your mind until, suddenly, it rears its ugly head. Issues of software non-compliance rarely occur intentionally, and are often the result of a company expanding beyond the scale of their original licensing agreements.

In short, while it may be a good problem to have, it becomes a huge headache if left unchecked for too long. Our team digs into the real costs of software non-compliance – and how to address it.

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Keeping Kids In School With Technology

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs a boon to students, schools and school districts across America.

Economic uncertainty. Rapid technological advances. Government pressure. Increased globalization. Teachers and schools and school districts face greater challenges in preparing students for the future than ever before.

With 1.2 million students dropping out in the US every year, those challenges are compounded by:

  • Estimated cost of $312 billion in lost revenues for a single year’s dropouts
  • The fact that students who drop out are more than three times as likely to be unemployed as those who graduate from high school and go on to complete a Bachelor’s degree
  • By the challenges posed to businesses looking for but often not finding entry-level employees with adequate creative, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • By school districts, already strapped for cash, losing per-pupil funding and getting sanctioned for lowest achieving schools.

The challenge, therefore, for the K-12 education community is to identify strategies and programs that keep students in school and help them become competitive in the job market by the time they graduate. Here’s one viable solution.

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How to Handle License Audits in a Virtualized Data Center

The old rules no longer apply. In the past, you knew how many processors would be committed to a particular application, and you made your software deals accordingly. Now, you face an ambiguous standard. What happens if you are undergoing a license audit during a period of peak demand?

Every IT innovation brings with it a necessary change in perspective …which tends to lag the innovation itself. In the case of server virtualization, enterprise application licensing has become the subject of disruption. Traditional licensing models don’t lend themselves to the flexibility of the dynamic data center. While there are no best practices on this in the market yet, you can be aware of the issue and work through remedies with your software providers.

In a physical infrastructure, per-processor licensing makes sense. The number is fixed, which makes the transaction relatively straightforward. This convenience is not available in a virtualized environment. Utilization may be fairly contained and predictable most of the time, but an unexpected spike in access – or even periods of anticipated peak demand – turn the model on its head. Going though a licensing audit when utilization is at its highest can result in an inaccurate view of general usage (and additional licenses). [Read more…]