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Software Defined Networking

The Path to a More Cost-effective Infrastructure

by Tim Allen | 08.14.14

As cloud, mobility, and other trends create more complex architectures, networks must be able to adapt in terms of security, scalability, and manageability. Software-defined networking (SDN) is an ideal technology to simplify your infrastructure.

Tags:MobilityNetworkingSecuritySoftware

Office 365

Moving on Up to Office 365

What You Need to Know

by Patrick Renzi | 07.21.14

Moving to Office 365 is exciting, but it doesn’t have to be hard. You have enough on your plate already, so why stress over the unknown? PC Connection, Inc. is a premier Office 365 partner with Microsoft. Our Cloud software practice has taken proactive steps to make it an easy transition to Office 365. Here are some tips to make your transition a breeze.

Tags:MicrosoftMobile Device ManagementOffice 365Security

News and Headlines from the World of Microsoft

Software Audits, Post-XP Security, and More

by James Nagurney | 07.09.14

As I mentioned in my blog post earliest this week, here’s the link to the study about Microsoft’s ramping up of software audits. Read on to find out what else is up in the world of Microsoft, with the latest and greatest news from around the Web.

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Buyer Beware: “Total Production Environment” Licensing Pitfalls

How to Avoid a Logistical Compliance Nightmare

by Lane Shelton | 07.09.14

You’ve probably noticed a constant shift in the licensing landscape as software publishers strive to accommodate evolving customer requirements (thought I’d put it nicely). For example, bundling is a popular tactic, where products are grouped together and additional discounts or advantageous use-rights applied when you acquire the bundle. In many cases, a bundle represents an attractive option; however, at times they also include unintended pitfalls. Lately, I’ve seen one specific issue surface quite a bit. What’s more, it has serious compliance ramifications so I’d like to spend some time getting you up to speed. If you currently have a Microsoft Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP), or the newest incarnation called the Server/Cloud Enrollment (SCE), you should know that from a logistical standpoint there could be a dark cloud looming over your organization, so please read on. [MORE]

Tags:ComplianceLicensingSoftwareWindows 8

No One Is Immune to Microsoft's Software Audits

How Prepared Is Your Organization?

by James Nagurney | 07.07.14

Recently, I was struck by a survey that I found on an industry website. A link to the full article is below, but here’s the gist: Microsoft is auditing its customers at a brisk pace, and no company is immune. All software vendors retain the rights to audit their clients, and we feel that it is fair to expect these periodic compliance checks. But Microsoft is auditing customers at a 2 to 1 rate over other vendors like Adobe, IBM, and Oracle—58% of executives surveyed said they have been audited by Microsoft in the last 12 months*. Five years ago, these types of audits were relatively rare and only encountered under specific situations. Today Microsoft absolutely does not discriminatethere need be no compelling event or “areas of concern” to trigger a compliance check on your Microsoft software. Most often we are seeing Microsoft approach customers via email to conduct a self-audit, but we also see the more invasive, third-party types of audit that will send a shiver down any CIO’s spine. The different kinds of audits that are being imposed really do run the gamut.

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