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KeyServer Fundamentals: Network Organization and Hardware Management

Two sessions available: Wednesday, February 28th 10AM EST (3PM UTC)  or 7PM EST (11AM March 1st AEDT)   We’ve heard it a thousand times: “We don’t need SAM anymore because Adobe and Microsoft went to the cloud, license management is built in for this and that, and we just buy site licenses for everything now.” In other words: “We […]

SAM and K2 KeyServer in the Age of GDPR

In case you thought software license compliance wasn’t complex, confusing, or expensive enough already–say hello to GDPR, Europe’s well-intentioned approach to maximizing complexity, confusion, and cost in the name of personal data privacy and security. What is GDPR? GDPR stands for “General Data Protection Regulation.” It’s a new EU law with implications that reach far beyond the […]

ITAM Lifetime Achievements

On November 10, I traveled to Maidenhead, England to attend the annual ITAM Review Awards Banquet and present a Lifetime Achievement Award to a surprised colleague, David Bicket. David recently volunteered his time for 7 years to lead a distinguished group of Software Asset Management and IT Asset Management (SAM/ITAM) savants in developing a remarkable […]

Microsoft SAM: When Publishers Manage your Software Assets for You

  What would you do if your tax preparer signed a deal with the Internal Revenue Service to “help” you comply with tax laws by forwarding them your pay stubs, bank statements, and other asset details, so that they could compare this “raw data” to your current and previous years’ tax filings, make sure there were no “compliance” issues, and […]

CCleaning Up The Trojan Mess

I came across an article a couple of days ago that explained how hackers had managed to embed a “decapitated botnet” (trojan malware) into the installer package of the computer storage and registry utility CCleaner (version 5.33, released August 15, 2017), by Piriform Ltd., which was recently purchased by security giant Avast. As reported: Talos recently […]

We moved to a new office!

We are excited to announce that Sassafras Software has moved to a new location in Hanover. We spent many years in our old office — it served us well, but we’re thrilled to be in our new space. The new office is in the same building as the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network. As a company that […]

Win the Software License Optimization Game with K2 KeyServer

You Can’t Win the Game if You Don’t Play Expensive science and engineering software products like Autodesk, Bentley or Vectorworks often require the use of built-in or third party tools to manage concurrent use or “floating” licenses, prevent unauthorized use, and potentially even monitor and bill for overages. As a result, many IT and software procurement professionals think their organizations […]

Sassafras K2 supports ISO 19770-2 and 19770-3 standards for Software Asset Management

I think it was sometime in the spring of 2006 that a seemingly unremarkable decision happened in a committee meeting that destined a small group of us to forever change the way that Software Asset Managers do their jobs. The meeting was the development group for the ISO/IEC 19770-2 SWID (software identification) standard. It was […]

Sassafras K2 One-day Training at LabMan 2017

Sassafras K2 Master Administrator One-day Intensive Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 8:30 – 4:30 Wright State University (The day before Labman 2017) You can learn how to obtain greater value from Sassafras K2 (“KeyServer”), and make yourself more valuable to your organization. Sassafras Software is offering a one-day, hands-on, interactive, discussion based training class the day […]