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Why You Shouldn't Trust Cloud Vendor Pricing Calculators

Dave Young
Jul. 29,2020 | Cloud Azure AWS google

Lately we have seen a rise in cloud customers reliance on widely available online tools that purport to help an enterprise calculate everything from pricing, usage workloads to TCO.  Some of the primary tools often cited are:   Azure Pricing Calculator  AWS Pricing Calculator  AWS Total Cost of Ownership  Oracle Cloud Workload Estimator  Google Pricing Calculator   We are here to confirm what your likely first instincts are when attempting to use these tools, which is they are wrong, a futile exercise, and probably biased, given the hundreds of data points and variables in every cloud environment.  Wrong  First, they are wrong.  Always.  ...

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Going Back to School on SAP Licensing

Unbelievably, it’s been four years since we published an article titled: Top Questions to Ask When Taking the Slow Road to SAP (S4) HANA.  And despite that passage of time, not much has really changed about SAP’s predictability.  We outlined six considerations to weigh before investing further in SAP’s vision of the future.  The intent of that article was to invoke questions that would cause SAP customers pause and consider both short- and long-term issues that may have been considered foregone conclusions related to S/4 HANA.    There is a famous saying that every history teacher probably says a hundred times a year to students, “Those who ...

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Terminating Your IT Services Contract

Preface: Due principally to COVID-19, NET(net) has been getting many requests from clients for recommendations on how they can reduce or otherwise reshape their IT contracts; particularly their IT Services Agreements. Insider eBook: Top 5 Ways to Terminate Your IT Services Contract When it comes to contract wrangling in 2020, the soup du jour has been force majeure, but instead of a ‘silver bullet’ of sorts to get relief from contractual obligations in the age of a global pandemic, many of our clients are learning that the force majeure Rosetta Stone may not be the panacea of bargaining table control they hoped it was. In most cases where ...

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Your Cisco Technology Investments: It’s Time for Bold Action

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Facebook If you’ve been avoiding risk or waiting for the right time to take bold action in reducing both your reliance and cost structure with Cisco – the wait should be over.  The market readiness to reduce or eliminate your Cisco dependence is at an all time high with suppliers who are stable, reliable, innovative and eager to win your business.  Below we’ll outline how: The Cisco ecosystem is set up to work against the economics of its own customers Why their ...

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Financial Services Blog Series: Cyber Security – The Biggest Risk Isn’t the Loss Itself, But the Reputation

Some of you may remember the name Ray Tomlinson.  If you’ve never heard of him or can’t recall the name, suffice it to say that he’s had a profound impact on your life.  Recently deceased, he is the programmer credited to have invented ‘email’ back in 1971 when he sent an email to himself from one computer to another traveling a network known as ARPANET. Not surprisingly, given Tomlinson invented email, he is also the person who turned the world’s first computer virus “Creeper” into a self-replicating program and then developed a reactionary antivirus program called “Reaper” to delete it.  This would prove to be just the first of many ...

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Microsoft: COVID-19 Indifference, New Pricing, and Great News (for Microsoft)

The initial outreach and helping hand that many IT suppliers gave at the onset of the pandemic has already faded.  Most offers were not only insufficient to have a real impact, but instead locked companies into less favorable deals long-term in exchange for that short-term assistance.  We recently wrote another article on this called ‘Look That Gift Horse in the Mouth’. Microsoft has thus far, in our opinion, followed this same path.  Despite COVID-19 issues, Microsoft thus far is holding firm on pricing for its Office365 Enterprise Agreement renewals.  Further, we see them in many cases offering ‘list price’ and no discounts at all.  ...

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Cloud Compute Herd: 4 Myths That Could Save You Millions

Like a migrating herd of Wildebeest across the Serengeti, companies around the globe continue its rush toward that shimmering lake of Cloud Compute that promises lowers costs, increased flexibility and scalability (and more according to the brochures).  As with any panacea, the dream usually falls short of the reality.  Cloud compute for many has hit that ‘middle ground’ where actual benefits and unexpected problems meet.  As the body of problem evidence mounts for Cloud Compute, there are some clear myths that have arisen that need to be ‘debunked’.  Only when these myths are fully understood can organizations minimize the risks and still ...

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Considering DaaS (Desktop as a Service)?

We’ve recently seen an uptick in interest and attention for the “Desktop as a Service” category. Spoiler Alert DaaS is just outsourcing and managed services, wrapped in a sparkly new layer of internet marketing speak. If you’re continuing to run local desktop apps that require Windows, then the fundamental TCO won't change much.  In fact, your overall long-term costs per user may increase.  DaaS is merely shifting the costs and spreading them around in slightly different ways. The Market There are many options and variations of this format depending on what the priorities are.  Supplier options might vary depending on your security ...

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HCM Customers: 3 Warning Signs When Adding On Products

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused quite a bit of upheaval for IT and HR groups (and many others) as they support the immediate needs of their user communities and employees.  To that end, the HCM suppliers have the tools that companies need to facilitate these requirements, but there are some warning signs that HCM customers should be wary of. We have noticed three prevalent themes coming through the ‘pandemic buying’ that are worth noting and taking heed when you see them. 1. Your HCM provider is offering a free trial of software you don’t currently own to “assist you during these times.” When you are offered anything for free, you are right ...

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Java: Like Being Free but Oracle Instead

Matt Ryan
Apr. 30,2020 | Software Oracle Java

Really, you must give credit where credit is due when it comes to creating new revenue streams.  Oracle is seemingly the master at ‘making everything old, new again’ and conjuring revenue out of thin air where once there was none.  With its acquisition of Sun (and by extension Java) in 2010, we should have known that it would only be a matter of time before a free platform was turned into a revenue stream.  Over time, Oracle methodically added and modified the Java roadmap to lead us where we are now – the once noble and free Java SE is now lumped together with all the other Named User Plus and Processor licenses. With Java’s changes, also ...

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