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A best practice guide for IT procurement professionals

October 13 2020

IT procurement professionals face increased pressure to deliver efficiencies and cost-savings as businesses assess their finances amidst evolving demands.Finding innovative ways to deliver value back to the business and gain the competitive edge requires effective IT procurement processes. All soft... Read More Read More
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Forget products, it’s time to understand your organisation’s portfolio of application services

August 24 2020

The old model of procuring IT is no longer relevant Traditionally, when organisations went about compiling their IT portfolios, the building blocks were made up of two things: the perceived IT infrastructure and the technological capabilities of both software and hardware. During this time, innovat... Read More Read More
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Re-booting ITAM for the cloud era

August 21 2020

Most US enterprises today have well organized, highly-skilled IT departments that are laser-focused on supporting and enabling wider business objectives. As part of this, the department typically has a dedicated software asset management (SAM) team, whose job it is to ensure that the company has the s... Read More Read More
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The Software Vendor negotiation game has fundamentally changed, do you understand the new rules?

January 24 2020

I have worked across a wide range of Public Sector organisations with a multitude of software licensing programs throughout my career. Common themes always remain “am I getting a good value from my investment” and “do I have enough confidence in my current & future requirements t... Read More Read More
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Cloud Shock: what is it & why should you care?

April 17 2019

As a term, cloud shock has been with us a few years now, but it’ use is not yet quite yet sufficiently widespread to safely assume that everyone knows what you’re talking about when you say it.Cloud shock is, in very simple terms, the moment of realization that money being spent on cloud s... Read More Read More
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Managing software applications post-COVID

August 20 2020

As organizations settle into the new normal, it’s time to take back control of your software applications and address all the changes that will have been implemented during the Pandemic to allow ‘Business As Usual’ to reign. In this 15 minute session Livingstone Group’s Chie... Read More Read More
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An expert guide to SAP S/4 HANA Contract Migration Challenges

February 20 2020

After 2025 SAP will only be supporting Customers who are converted to S/4 HANA. Many customers are already in the process of planning the technical migration since this is a quite complex exercise. Whilst the technical migration is complicated, the license contract conversion will also confront you... Read More Read More
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Microsoft Cost Optimisation – Negotiating the best renewal

May 20 2020

In this 45-minute video Gareth Redshaw discusses key points that will help you optimize your Microsoft estate and validateyour Bill of Materials (BOM) to reduce your spend. He will share insightsand recommendations that will show best practices to implement when negotiation with Microsoft. Gareth w... Read More Read More
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Get the best outcome for your SaaS contract renewal - Salesforce.com Case Study

September 24 2020

In this 15 minute videoLivingstone Group’s Salesforce Practice Lead Karen McAllister outlines key considerations for renewing SaaS Software contracts using Salesforce as a case study. This session covers: This session covers Understanding your current and future requirements Understan... Read More Read More
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Governing rapid IT transformation & increasing cloud consumption

March 16 2021

Innovation Martlesham, in association with TechEast,would like to invite you to another Breakfast Networking Webinar Event with Guest SpeakerChris Gough, Chief Strategy Officer, Livingstone Group VIEW BRIEFING>> The last 18 months has seen massive acceleration taking place in ho... Read More Read More
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Planning for a Microsoft renewal in 2021? Two key factors to bear in mind

February 01 2021

Microsoft’s ubiquity means a large number of enterprises and public sector organizations will be gearing up for a contract renewal exercise during 2021. As with all vendors, it is absolutely vital to start planning for renewals as early as possible (have a read of the blog from my colleague Ian ... Read More Read More
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ITAM Round Up - Key trends and how ITAM needs to respond

February 02 2021

Join Livingstone Group's Chief Strategy Officer, Chris Gough and Principle Consultant, Hugh Skingley, who in this video blog, discuss the market trends and changes that organizations experienced during2020,how these will affect the relationships between IT, Procurement and Finance and how they nee... Read More Read More
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What is software portfolio management and optimization? Livingstone Group on Innovation Martlesham podcast

March 02 2021

Livingstone Group’s Nigel Someck (BT Account Director), recently joined Nicky Daniels, Head of Innovation Martlesham on her podcast ‘Nicky In Conversation With…’ to discuss software portfolio management and optimization. On the podcast, you can hear Nicky and Nigel discuss: ... Read More Read More
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Best practice approach for Cloud Investment Management

March 12 2021

Many cloud guides often advise quick-fix tips and tricks on how you can strategically reduce costs. Instead, we want to provide a more holistic view of Cloud Investment Management, taking into account the wider processes and best practices, guiding you to better cloud consumption management and cost o... Read More Read More
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Public Sector: How to reduce cloud and software spend without impacting public service delivery

April 26 2021

ITAM in the public sector is an evergreen topic of conversation here at Livingstone Group. Since the financial crisis, there has been a near-constant squeeze on public budgets, which has placed expenditure on IT – in particular, on software – firmly under the microscope. More recentl... Read More Read More
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Managing technical debt and legacy investments: Microsoft SQL Server 2012

July 05 2021

In our previous blog, Understanding and eradicating your technical debt, we looked at the concept of ‘technical debt’ in software estates. At how, without proper attention to detail or if upgrades have been passed over one too many times, technical debt can accumulate massively. That, if b... Read More Read More
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Microsoft Briefing Series

October 11 2021

Free On-Demand Video Series Subscribe and view the videos today using the form opposite Series of six short Microsoft briefingshelping you to prepare for 2022. Please complete the form opposite and we will notify you when each of the videos and related content is released. For many o... Read More Read More
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Why it pays to start budgeting for your 2022 software & cloud renewals early

October 18 2021

Now is the time of year that many managers and business leaders are staring at spreadsheets even more intently than usual, as they find themselves deep in the process of planning their 2022 budgets, whether their financial year starts in January or in April 2022. Expenditure on software and cloud s... Read More Read More
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The Perils of Oracle Java

October 28 2021

In 2019, Oracle changed its licensing practices for its open-source programming language and development platform software, Java. The changes meant that, while individual developers could still use the tool for free, organizations now had to buy Java as a product. However, in September 2021, Oracle... Read More Read More
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Livingstone Industry Highlights November 2021

October 22 2021

Livingstone Group's Software Asset Management and Licensing specialists provide insights and experiences through our monthly Industry Highlights. These insights are a compilation of news and press releases that may impact your business’s upcoming software renewals and estate. Fina... Read More Read More
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An introduction to our Microsoft Briefing Series

November 10 2021

What you need to know when planning your 2022 renewal Managing Microsoft investments and environments has become more complicated than ever for organizations. Not only are costs spiralling out of their control as a result ofunchecked consumption, but a lack of strategicintelligence, planning andfor... Read More Read More
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Episode 1: Microsoft Briefings: Microsoft Price Increases

November 22 2021

In Episode 1 of our Microsoft Briefing Series, we discuss Microsoft’s upcoming price increases, planned to hit specific products on 1st March 2022. We discuss the impact these planned price increases will have on existing Microsoft customers, as well as the best way organizations can prepare. Th... Read More Read More
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Episode 2: Microsoft Briefings: PowerBI & Power Apps

November 29 2021

In Episode 2 of our Microsoft Briefing Series, we take a look at Microsoft PowerBI and Power Apps, specifically looking at what’s changed and how organizations can optimize, forecast and leverage certain information during negotiations to get the best deal that suits their requirements and consu... Read More Read More
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Oracle Briefing Series

January 10 2022

Free On-Demand Video Series Subscribe and view all the videos today using the form opposite Series of six short Oracle briefingshelping you to prepare for 2022. Please complete the form opposite to view the videos As with all leading vendors it is no secret that understanding, analys... Read More Read More
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Livingstone Industry Highlights December 2021

November 26 2021

Livingstone Group's Software Asset Management and Licensing specialists provide insights and experiences through our monthly Industry Highlights. These insights are a compilation of news and press releases that may impact your business’s upcoming software renewals and estate. Fina... Read More Read More
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Explaining the ITAM managed service value-add

December 07 2021

There’s a common misconception that, when an organization deploys a SAM or ITAM tool, the service wrap provided by the vendor constitutes a managed service. Tool vendors do provide some exceptionally high standard services that are designed to help organizations get their solutions up and run... Read More Read More
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SAP Briefing Series

February 08 2022

On-Demand Video Series This series of SAP briefings will helpyou to prepare for 2022. Simply complete the form opposite to access the videos and content on-demand. Our SAP experts Mietske van Ravesteijn, Marco Claassen and Alex Meijer, explore the complex world of SAP licencing and addr... Read More Read More
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SAP S/4Hana: What do I need to know?

March 11 2022

Our SAP experts, Marco Claassen and Alex Meijer, explore the complex world of SAP S/4HANA.Whilst the 2030 support deadline seems distant, decisions need to be made that will take considerable time and resources to ensure the right fit for your business. In this on-demand video (part of our briefing se... Read More Read More
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Another year of IBM: Predictions and how to build your IBM management plan

April 21 2022

Part 2: Predictions and how to build your IBM management plan Livingstone Group recently joined the ITAM Reviewfor the Online Summit: Software Vendor Insights 2022 to discuss year end results from some of the key vendors and what to expect from them in 2022. We focused on the trends seen from IBM i... Read More Read More
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When to use a SAM Managed Service Provider

May 13 2022

Why a SAM Managed Service makes commercial sense; download the Gartner® Report: Infographic A regular discussion point on this blog – and one that is often raised in conversations with our clients and prospects – is SAM tools. Or to be exact, the comparative merits and limitations o... Read More Read More
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ITAM in the virtualization era

May 20 2022

Part 2: The past, present and future of ITAM Livingstone Group recently joined The ITAM Reviewfor an episode of its podcast to discuss ITAM, the cloud, and creating business value from ITAM. We covered everything from the origins of SAM, to the evolution of ITAM in the cloud era, to the (healthy) f... Read More Read More
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Easing your migration to SAP Cloud

May 27 2022

For most organizations, migrating to SAP Cloud is a hugely complex process, not least because SAP itself has had a long and complicated journey to the cloud. SAP’s own cloud chapter began in 2012, with the acquisitions of Concur, SuccessFactors and Ariba. In parallel, SAP has developed and ev... Read More Read More
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Defining ITAM value in changing times

July 19 2022

Livingstone's Senior ITAM Consultant, Hugh Skingley will join Rich Gibbons for a webinar that takes a deep dive into how ITAM, as a discipline, is being challenged and the true business value it delivers. Hugh says "It’s time that ITAM was viewed as an integral business asset in the ... Read More Read More
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Top tips for Microsoft Azure Optimization

June 10 2022

Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Services: a simple guide to optimization Cloud computing continues to grow exponentially, accelerating the digital transformation of organizations all over the world. Whilst the benefits are obvious – providing the flexibility and scalability that organizations... Read More Read More
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