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License Optimization
Enterprises are embracing new technologies like grid, virtualization, and multi-core processors that allow them to do more with fewer licenses. Vendors have

vendors license  more with fewer licenses. Vendors have responded with new licensing schemes—but while the calculations may be complex, the ramification is simple: enterprises must find new ways to meter software usage efficiently and effectively. Find out about four key tenets of a winning license optimization strategy.

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Major Vendors Adapting to User Requirements


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vendors license  Vendors Adapting to User Requirements SAP and Microsoft Meet Halfway in Mendocino It is small wonder that the market leaders and largest players have recently had a sudden epiphany concerning user requirements. They have finally realized that they will increasingly be evaluated by how well their products interconnect and interoperate, how intuitive their user interfaces are, and how easily new enterprise-wide business processes (workflows) can change to meet the needs of ever changing working Read More

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Hype has been a major factor in the recent downfall of some of the enterprise application industry's most illustrious players. This article presents some very simple things that you can do to prevent yourself and your company from being tomorrow's lead story in the industry trades.

vendors license  ERP evaluations to the vendors with whom they have partnerships. At the same time the fact that those very consultants have trained, in some cases, thousands of their own people on those vendors' products is not hidden from those who would look on the vendors' and consultants' web sites. Is it possible that the consultants steer the customer not toward the best solution, but toward the consultant's partner's solution to keep that consultant's thousands of employee's utilization rates high? If you believe Read More

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What's Wrong With Enterprise Applications, And What Are Vendors Doing About It?


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