Licensing myths and legends on the On-Premise solution and the SaaS solution, or Cloud Licensing does not end
In today's turbulent times, it has to be said that the greatest technological revolution is happening in the field of information technology. This area has many myths and legends, most of which fall into problem management rather than risk management. With Software Asset Management (SAM), many of these myths and legends can be controlled. It has to be realized that the software has become the basis of our work in everyday life. We have it in coffeemakers, refrigerators, cars and, of course, our computers and servers. Every day, the organization must face the decision whether its software is safe, effective, or in compliance with legislation. Very often, however, the licensing legality is forgotten and due to the relatively large lack of knowledge of the licensing of individual software vendors, there is a considerable legal and IT problem at the beginning. SAM solves all this. It is governed by its own ISO standard, under ISO 19 770-1. In the years of use, SAM has changed from mere asset inventory and management to a system that takes into account the development and development of Information Technology. Today, SAM is used in security and industrial systems as part of Industry 4.0 or Smart Technology, but basically SAM software affects all processes in the organization and its deployment can minimize risks, prevent problems, streamline processes and, process weaknesses. ISO 19 770 is fully linked to ISO 20 000 and ISO 27 000. It includes a detailed description of processes and management definitions. The lecture should present both SAM as such, but also point out which license myths can address and point to the issue of licensing, both from the point of view of the On-premise solution and in the form of services like SaaS. In addition, he points out that by switching to Cloud, the licensing problem does not end, but instead begins to gain a different and more complex dimension. Generally speaking, the issue of intellectual property is neglected today and moving to the second college, with the idea that the software manufacturers themselves are overseeing it. But the reality is different and the organization quickly finds out that all architecture, security, or legislative changes can be changed through a licensing arrangement, and only with one producer, when the organization gets into trouble to consider whether it will still be needed to use the licenses of that manufacturer and therefore to modify the internal processes of the organization, or to change the software and find one that suits the current settings. In practice, however, the organization finds that such decision making is not easy today, and if the organization has its business intention built on specific software, it is very difficult to change anything. In addition, there is a lack of expertise on the market for licensing by individual manufacturers, and the organization gets another disadvantage when it is not an equal partner in negotiating the optimum state of software use. The purpose of the lecture is to open topics on the interconnection of SAM issues and licensing, following in-house processes. It does not aim to answer specific questions, but rather to point out the problems and risks that SAM solves today and to point out that their sayings are consequently affecting all areas of management in the organization.
Jakub Vlček deals with licensing and Software Asset Management (SAM) for almost 20 years. He was at the origin of this SAM and helped develop this issue in Microsoft, Adobe, and others. At the same time, he is the author or co-author of various professional articles or books on copyright issues. For the Czech Republic, it has located ISO standard ISO / IEC 19 770-1 and has developed a training and testing system. He created a national scheme for this ISO standard and is actively involved in his innovation and popularization. Jakub also participated in the creation of licensing contracts or internal guidelines, setting processes and the audit principle of both Czech and international commercial firms. He also helped the government, education, science and research in the Czech Republic and the field of copyright and SAM settings. Today, Jakub is part of a large family by PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he continues to pursue his SAM and licensing management or audit activities. Performs friendly licensing audits, as well as security audits, helping customers control by software vendors, and participating in continuous improvement and promotion of SAM. His password is "You are not Alone"