Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Lease License

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Microsoft Office 2013 is strictly a Node Lock License – however, it can be compared to a Lease License. Office 2013 licensing specifically allows a license to be moved from one computer to another every 90 days. As described in a Microsoft blog post : Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer […]

What is a Lease License?

A Lease License is a metric we at Sassafras Software created. It is meant to bridge the gap between the two most common license types, Node Lock and Concurrent Licenses (described in greater depth here), taking the positive aspects of both while eliminating the negative. The idea is that when a client uses a product, […]

IRS report reveals typical License Management mistakes

An IRS report titled “Desktop and Laptop Software License Management Is Not Being Adequately Performed” has been released. Network World ran an article titled Software piracy discovered at the IRS, and of course it became big news in the Software Asset Management industry. Somehow we always react with outrage every time the government makes any […]

2013-09-01 image released

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The September 1 image has been released, which includes version of all components. Changes include a KeyAccess change to avoid a rare crash on Mac, a Windows KeyConfigure fix to properly deputize certain MSIs, and a KeyReporter fix to display the correct columns on Mac and Linux. For full details, visit the Component History.

Entitlement based Software Asset Management

Screencast: presentation by John Tomeny I was recently asked the question “What are the key components of Software Asset Management (“SAM”)?” As I considered this, I realized that I like to start such a discussion by defining the outcomes (or goals) of the SAM effort. In 2008 and again in 2011, the ISO/IEC 19770 International […]

2013-08-01 image released

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The August 1 image has been released, which includes version of all components. Changes include a KeyServer fix to record all offline usage events as intended, a fix to avoid setting Dormant computers to Dedicated, a KeyAccess fix to avoid improper denials of offline launches in certain cases, support for PRS working behind a […]

Sassafras K2 Version 7.1 released

Enhances Software Identification and Hardware Discovery Hanover, NH – May 28, 2013: Sassafras Software, a pioneer in Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT Asset Management (ITAM), has released a major upgrade of its award-winning product, K2 – KeyAuditor & KeyServer. Version 7.1 introduces a new software Product Recognition Service (PRS) to accompany K2’s extensive SAM […]