Microsoft Enterprise Agreements: Navigating the Risks

- October 1, 2014 2:28 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes another guest post from NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. As many CIOs and their teams know, Microsoft Enterprise Agreements (EAs) are challenging to decipher, manage and optimize. What used to be fairly straightforward perpetual licensing became considerably more complex when Microsoft began adding “strings” to its software assurance (SA) maintenance model. Today, assessing the value of maintaining SA on all or part of your Microsoft estate has become something akin to quant-based market analysis using supercomputers.

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Factory Activity Drops, GM Reports Rise in Sales

- October 1, 2014 12:27 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

US national factory activity in September dropped to its lowest level since June, a new report stated. And, General Motors, however, reported a successful September, with overall volume gaining 19 percent and retail sales rising 17 percent. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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