Vendor Management

Microsoft Offers New Licensing Options With Windows Virtual Desktops

Azure-based Windows Virtual Desktops are Microsoft’s next generation of VDI licensing options. Does the cost justify the benefit?

Salesforce.com’s Q1 FY20 Earnings Demonstrate Platform Power

Salesforce continues to defy the odds by bringing home another massive quarter. The innovation ship continues full steam ahead this quarter, with another bevy of new...

ServiceNow and Microsoft Partnership: Great for ServiceNow and Microsoft Customers, Great for Vendor Lock-In

ServiceNow and Microsoft are furthering their partnership by hosting the Now platform in the Azure-trusted cloud. These features and integrations are powerful, but comes...

SAP S/4HANA and HANA Licensing Series – Part III: Migrating to S/4HANA Will Cost More

Beware promises of cost savings and license optimization by acquiescing to SAP’s need for you to migrate from ECC to S/4HANA. Efficiencies in the areas of license...

A New Way to Buy Microsoft Azure Services

Microsoft is changing the way that customers will buy Azure Services with a new procurement program called the Microsoft Customer Agreement. This new, slimmed down,...

Google Cloud Acquires Looker, Takes Another Step Towards Becoming an Enterprise Cloud Option

Google Cloud is in the process of acquiring data visualization vendor Looker for $2.6B. Adding Looker to the Google Cloud arsenal of capabilities provides a direct...

Oracle-Microsoft Cloud Partnership Provides Benefits for Both Vendors, but What About the Customers?

Microsoft and Oracle have announced a new partnership whereby customers will be able to run workloads in an Azure environment linked to database and other services in the...

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Security or Quality…Why Can’t I Have Both?

A recent survey sponsored by SAI Global indicates that consumers value data protection over quality. According to the results, three quarters of the respondents said they...

Removing Risky Vendors Appears to Be Risky Business

According to a 2019 vendor risk management study published by Protiviti and Shared Assessments, organizations want to give risky vendors the boot. However, the...
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