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THE ITAM REVIEW EXCELLENCE AWARD 2020

Yes we did it !

SamBox.io has been been awarded by the ITAM REVIEW in the ITAM Technology & Service Innovation 2020 category.

On behalf of the entire #elée team, we are grateful for this recognition by the market. Thank you to the judging committee, the ITAM Review, and the ITAM community.

With SamBox.io, we have worked hard innovating and proposing a new SAM tooling offer in the market. We have the chance to meet a lot of customers within Elee, we lead more than 200 SAM projects every year. Different type of projects: Audit défense of course, but also discovery projects, automation, chargeback, SW cost savings, cloud, bring your own license… well large spectrum of customer use cases

So when we made the decision to launch a new SAM solution in the market, we really had in mind to stick to customers’ concrete concerns, and we wanted to make sur that this new service would help them make the right decisions. Because we do believe again that when you want to tackle one SW issue, like preventing a SW spend decrease, or even decreasing SW spend, customers need to make difficult decisions, based on accurate data, in depth analysis.

We are now happy to see that these efforts are recognized by the market as real added value and innovative service.

Congratulations to all nominees and other winners.

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Microsoft licensing in the Cloud – Part 2

Of course you guessed it after after first announcement a few days ago.

There it is : SamBox.io now manages Bring you own License into Microsoft Azure.

Ever heard of Hybrid Use Benefit ? Can I use my Windows Server licenses ? my SQL Server licenses ? In IaaS only, or in PaaS mode ? with or without Software Assurance ? ….

Many many questions when it comes to know whether we have the right to use our own licenses into Azure or not… and even when it seems we can, not that easy to determine how many licenses would be consumed, given the fact counting rules into Azure are different from on premise environment. Moreover, if you use Server and Cloud Enrollment contract, you may benefit from specific rules that would enable you to have concurrent use, on premise and in Azure. Either for a migration period, or for a longer time depending on your edition !

Again, our Microsoft consultants have worked hard to specify all these new rules, and Everyting is now in the Box !

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Microsoft licensing in the Cloud – Part 1

Ever heard of Bring your own license ?

We are happy to announce that SamBox.io has been updated to manage Bring you own License into AWS.

Can I use my Windows Server licenses ? my SQL Server licenses ? with or without Software Assurance ? Is there some metric restrictions ? What if I purchased my VM prior or after the 1st of October 2019 ? What if I purchased my Licenses prior or after the 1st of October 2019 ? Can I use my licenses both on prem and within AWS at the same time ? Is it still possible even if AWS is one of the 4 cloud providers listed by Microsoft ? How should I count my ByoL if I purchased dedicated instances EC2 ? And if it is dedicated hosts ? And if it is shared instances….

Everyting is in the Box.

Coming soon, Byol in another cloud, by Mid-April 2020.

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Who is SamBox.io for ?

This is direct question for those who might want to know more about our positioning, and more globally to compare our tool to other tools in the market.

Let’s figure it out, positionning is close to strategy, and what we strongly believe on. So let me provide an answer in 3 sections.

Where do we stand today compared to our competitors & partners ?

The comparison matrix below shows where we stand compared to other SAM Tool providers across 10 key characteristics:

SamBox.ioSAM Tool providers like Snow, Flexera, Aspera, ServiceNow…
1) SW CoverageWindows Server/System Center,
or SQL Server,
or Oracle Database & Middleware
so far
Very Wide
(almost all SW Vendors)
2) Acquisition of SAM Tool100% Online
Public prices, online payment, immediate provisioning of service
Traditional approach
(meeting with sales, quotes, negotiation, deal, installation)
3) Technical Integration / InstallationNo need
100% SaaS, immediate use
Required
Technical architecture depends on the number of devices to be inventoried, and scope of SW to be addressed
4) Ingestion of Acquisitions & EntitlementsFast
Only needed for the delineated SW scope being analyzed. To be filled in into Excel
Requires functional integration
(via consulting services, or training of users).
To be filled in into the SAM Tool
5) Ingestion and/or setting of licensing rulesNo need
Specific engine for each SW Product family, including all detailed licensing rules & specificities
Requires functional integration
(via consulting services, or training of users).
To be filled in into the SAM Tool
6) Discovery capabilitiesFocused on the SW Product family
Through connectors or dedicated scripts
Very Wide
(almost all SW Vendors)
7) Data QualityData quality directly driven on the delineated SW scope
Quality can then easily be improved, directly in the Excel spreadsheet
Data quality indicators for the global SW Scope
Not necessarily easy to know what is wrong for one dedicated SW Compliance snapshot
8) Compliance calculationImmediate & fully automatedDepends on the SAM Tool
Calc can be quite long, and quite complicated to refresh if input data needs to be modified.
9) Optimized Compliance snapshot – best license allocation schemeImmediate & fully automatedDepends on the SAM Tool
Very limited capabilities; requires human being in-depth SAM knowledge to optimize
10) Support on licensing rulesIncluded
Immediate access to licensing expert
On top
via consulting services or profesionnal services

OK, and why such a positioning ?

SamBox.io has been released late 2019 whereas SAM Tools like Snow Software, Flexera, Eracent, 1-E, Ivanti … were first introduced 5 to 10 years ago. But Elée, who is the SamBox.io publisher, is also a 9 year old SAM consulting company, pure player, with a very strong record of SAM projects in many customer environments, on many SW Vendors. That is the benefit of hindsight. For the past 5 years, we have worked on many SAM Tool integration projects, and we do have a good overview of key success factors for such projects, associated benefits, but also sometimes the hurdles and all the difficulties which can make such projects quite complex. That is why, before releasing SamBox.io, we have taken a step back and analyze the situation.

Traditional SAM Tools are very powerful because they usually embedd very extended discovery capabilities, they cover the widest scope of Softwares as possible, very large catalogs of SKU, of Software Signatures, and they are very adapted for global SAM steering within a large company (many vendors, many indicators to follow, overall performance of SAM).

The thing is that such SAM Tools are like ERP for licenses, and like for any other ERP Software, when you invest 1$ in the SW, you need to invest 5 to 10$ on integration services to make it work. ROI exist, definitely, but likely more on a 3-5 year cycle than on a 12 to 24 months expected max period. Customers are not always prepared to that, and we have faced a lot of situation where integration services budgets were then too much compressed. Unfortunate consequences are:

  • lack of reliability on license positions (with then still a high level of risk when audits raise),
  • the feeling that the company does not get the value for money…
  • … and the overall legitimacy of the SAM members being challenged into the company (versus outsourced managed services for example).

SamBox.io has then been thought to be a tool that does not cover an area of softwares as wide of traditional tools, but that eases as much as possible the SAM cycle on very well delineated perimeters. Key characteristics of SamBox.io are then :

  • Built on verticals, each of them adressing one accurate and delineated scope of softwares (1 vertical for Windows Server/System Center, 1 vertical for SQL Server, 1 vertical for Oracle DB & middlewares, and other verticals to come in 2020),
  • Fast running of a full license position from data collection to optimized balance, in a couple of clicks (less than 10 clicks, 10 min computation time end to end),
  • Highest level of reliability and optimization on the vertical (including a unique easy-going data quality improvement feature),
  • No integration or consulting services needed, no hidden cost, fastest ROI in the market.

With such a differentiating approach, we know that we will never cover the same wideness of SW vendors than traditional SAM Tools, but our moto is to focus on the verticals where value for money are the highest:

  • Software scope that generally represents a large spend on IT budget,
  • Software scope that have complex licensing rules, tricky contracts that are hard to manage and control,
  • Software scope for which financial stakes are high (either to mitigate compliance risks, and/or to optimize and generate savings),
  • Software and services either on premise or delivered by Cloud providers.

Concretely, we believe that you should not need us to calculate your license position on Microsoft Visio or Projects, but for complex Microsoft metrics, Oracle licensing, IBM, SAP, Adobe…. it may be different. We will soon release early 2020 our roadmap for the begining of next year.

Who is SamBox.io for then ?

SamBox.io serves both large companies as well as small and medium business. But contexts may be different:

  • For large companies that have already implemented a SAM Tool (with success or not!), SamBox.io can run on top ! We have indeed developed interfacing capabilities which enables to extract the data out of a SAM Tool, process them into SamBox.io, and even re-inject the results into the SAM Tool. Why would companies do that ? Well, main reason is the reliability and optimization seeking, and when we talk about large companies, optimization on SQL or Oracle can definitely be huge amounts of money !!
  • For large companies that have not yet purchased a SAM Tool and do not have an extended budget, SamBox.io is a great opportunity to get started with SAM automation. Cost is much cheaper than other SAM Tool, and it does not imply to think of it as big project.
  • For Small & Medium businesses, we are truly convinced that SamBox.io is the best way to go.
    • First, because SAM may not be as strategic as for large companies (because SW spend is not large enough for them, fortunately),
    • Second, because a pragmatic tactical approach may lead IT managers – with transversal responsabilities from infrastructure to applications – to only consider SAM when risks are the highest, and not for all vendors
    • Third, small and medium businesses are not used to have recourse to consulting or integration services (because IT budget are maybe more constraint than for large companies!), and SamBox.io offers that seamless SAM journey without any additional fees (even questions on licensing rules are included into the support of SamBox.io).

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SQL Server 2019

No sooner had it been released than it is already managed into SamBox.io.

We have updated our SQL Server engine, reflected new rules, and are ready to optimize these new licenses & installations.

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SamBox.io at the IT Forums innovation on Dec 10th

We are happy to announce that SamBox.io have been selected by the IT Forums innovation committee in France to candidate for the 15th edition of the Tech Innovation Trophy!

This event is organized by the CRiP (“Comité des Responsables informatiques de Production”, meaning IT Production Management Committee). The CRiP is a renowned association in France aiming at helping CIO & Production IT Managers drive their business according to best practices, understanding market trends and innovations, and creating a strong and large network of IT professionals. More than 400 french companies are members (90% of them are large companies part of the CAC40 / SBF120 stock market index), and +10 000 IT professionals have already attended a CRiP event.

14 CTOs and CIO of french large organizations will be members of Jury (like Bank of France, Essilor, Thales, Peugeot Group, Crédit Agricole, Generali, Bouygues Telecom…). On the starting line, 50 startups and only 5 minutes to pitch and convince.

Let’s play with that rules !!!


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Oracle Database+Options & Middleware available on Dec 9th

After SQL Server, Windows Server / SCCM / CIS, we are excited to announce that our Oracle compliance engine will be released on SamBox.io on the 9th of Dec.

More than +300 Oracle projects already driven with the SamBox.io engine by our consultants; Many use cases applicable with such a tool :

  • Simple license snapshot,
  • Audit Defense,
  • ULA Exit declaration (and all the associated preliminary and following work to secure as much as possible that move, like opportunity study to exit, continuous monitoring of compliance post ULA…),
  • License transfer scheme across entities,
  • What if scenarios,
  • Move to Cloud,
  • Best NUP/CPU allocation for (huge !) savings purpose…

More info to come soon on the detailed features of this engine.