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Who Are the Best (and Worst) Software Vendors?

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Who Are the Best (and Worst) Software Vendors?

Flexera Software and IDC collate the opinions of 147 enterprises on the state of their commercial software vendor of choice-- opinions resellers and vendors should do well to take note of.

The survey covers some of the largest industry players around, namely Adobe, CA, Citrix, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce.com, Symantec and VMWare, who together represent 50% of the enterprise software market and over $200 billion in software spending. It consists of ratings across 8 categories, such as ease of product use, whether the vendor is easy to work with and the friendliness (or lack thereof) of the vendor's licensing regime.

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Windows 10: The Last Version of Windows?

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Windows 10: The Last Version of Windows?

Microsoft describes Windows 10 as "the last version of Windows" at its Ignite conference. How come? Mainly because Microsoft wants to move the OS to an "as a service" model fed with constant updates.

One way this is possible is the way Windows 10 is built-- the OS is split into multiple components, such as Start Menu or built-in apps. Each component can be updated independently of the core Windows OS, allowing for more agile patching instead of big updates.

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Cisco Presents Software Partner Program

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Cisco Presents Software Partner Program

Cisco announces a partner program addition at the Cisco Partner Summit 2015 with the Software Partner Program-- one that, as the company itself admits, might not be relevant for all partners.

The Software Partner Program features a number of new roles, namely Software Lifecycle Advisor (helps customers understand how to adopt, use, and manage software and services), Software Consultant (helps maximise value from Cisco software) and Software Integrator (builds custom solutions using Cisco software, 3rd party software and partner IP).

However, as the company later said at the Q&A session following the announcement, not every small and mid-size partner can participate in the program-- but then again not every reseller has to say yes to "everything."

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Microsoft Details Windows 10, Hololens at Build 2015

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Microsoft Details Windows 10, Hololens at Build 2015

Microsoft reveals more Windows 10 plans at Build 2015, such a new lock screen, a renamed Internet Explorer replacement and means for running iOS and Android apps on the OS-- even if the show was arguably stolen by an adorable HoloLens-powered robot.

Of course, Windows 10 remains the main focus of the conference, where Microsoft declared it expects to see the OS run on no less than 1 billion devices within 2 or 3 years of release. As Windows chief Terry Myerson puts it, "no other platform working in any ecosystem is available on 1 billion devices," but with free upgrades for existing Windows users, new (and old!) devices and enterprise-friendly plans, the company might just manage to reach such a total.

For the curious, Windows 8 license sales reached 200 million in around 15 months.

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The Windows Server EOL Opportunity

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The Windows Server EOL Opportunity

According to Spiceworks Windows Server 2003 end of life (EOL) represents a $100 billion opportunity in migration-related solutions of the hardware, software, cloud-based solutions and associated service variety.

The total comes from "The Great IT Upgrade," a January 2015 survey of 1300 IT professionals in EMEA, N. America and Asia Pacific covering the 14 July 2015 ultimatum of official Windows Server 2003 support.

According to the survey 61% of companies still run Windows Server 2003-- representing millions of installations across the world. Only 15% of respondents have fully migrated, while 48% are partially migrated, 28% remain in the planning stages and 8% have no migration plans.

Of the survey respondents with no migration plans, 85% admit security concerns, 72% are concerned with software compatibility and 66% express worries regarding compliance risks.

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