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  • SQL Server 2008 End of Support webinar
    SQL Server 2008 End of Support webinar
    James Boother, Coeo and Alex Dalglish, SoftwareONE Recorded: May 8 2019 42 mins
    Register for this joint SoftwareONE and Coeo webinar and learn about your options for life beyond extended support.

    Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will end on 9th July 2019. This could leave you in a vulnerable position.

    This webinar exposes the problem, its scale and shares all the options you have for life beyond extended support.

    Join us at 10:00 BST on 8 May 2019 to learn about:
    •What the SQL Server Support Lifecycle is
    •What happens after 9th July
    •Risks of being unsupported
    •Options for remaining supported
    •Coeo’s advice and free assessment offer
    •Further reading

    Fill in the form to register for your place.
  • Part 4 SQL & Win Server End of Support: Software/Cloud Governance with PyraCloud
    Part 4 SQL & Win Server End of Support: Software/Cloud Governance with PyraCloud
    Rhys Williams, PyraCloud Engagement Lead - SoftwareONE Recorded: Apr 11 2019 29 mins
    Having assessed your SQL & Windows Server estate and identified servers that are reaching end of support it is highly likely you will be considering a hybrid cloud approach and migrating some or all of these workloads to the cloud.

    When moving workloads to the cloud many organisations face challenges maintaining visibility and control of their cloud spend and sprawl, which leads to unbudgeted costs, unpredictable forecasting and dissatisfaction.

    Join Rhys Williams from SoftwareONE who will discuss how our PyraCloud platform is helping existing customers overcome these challenges and giving them confidence in the cloud. Topics to be discussed include:

    •Improving governance of both software and cloud spend in hybrid environment
    •Insights and accountability for cloud consumption
    •Allocation of SQL licenses through Resource Hub
  • Part 3 SQL & Windows Server End of Support: Licensing and Commercial Options
    Part 3 SQL & Windows Server End of Support: Licensing and Commercial Options
    Simon Matthews, Microsoft Licensing Consultant - SoftwareONE Recorded: Apr 4 2019 23 mins
    As part of any technology migration or upgrade it is highly recommended to also consider the licensing and commercial options with the technical planning.

    SQL & Windows Server can be one of the most challenging products to upgrade or migrate due to the mission critical data that is typically being processed on the machines – and SQL’s licensing rules only adds further complexity!

    Simon Matthews, an experienced Microsoft licensing consultant from SoftwareONE, will help you navigate the key licensing and commercial considerations, including:

    •New licensing rules since SQL 2008 and overarching changes such as ‘Passive’ and ‘Licence Mobility’
    •The role and importance of Software Assurance
    •Licensing for staying on-premise
    •Licensing for cloud migrations

    After this session you will have greater clarity on how to plan your migration and upgrade strategies.
  • Part 2 SQL & Windows Server End of Support: Migration Options & Cloud Migration
    Part 2 SQL & Windows Server End of Support: Migration Options & Cloud Migration
    David Bloxham - SoftwareONE; Kaz Traverso - SoftwareONE; Paul Manaton - RiverMeadow Recorded: Mar 21 2019 26 mins
    With support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ending on 9th July, 2019 and Windows Server January 2020, what are your upgrade options?

    End of support means the end of security updates, which can cause security and compliance issues and put applications and business at risk so it’s important to create an upgrade transition plan.

    SoftwareONE and migration acceleration specialists, RiverMeadow, will discuss the key considerations to ensure a successful transition including:

    •What are the available options: on-premise upgrades, migrate to cloud or do nothing?
    •Best practice methodologies
    •Cloud tooling options for migration acceleration
    •Cloud migration framework for success

    Organisations have options. Each is worth exploring and you may use multiple options to move workloads from SQL Server, depending on the workload.

    This webinar will primarily focus on cloud migration.
  • How to Build a Simple and Profitable Business Through CSP Indirect
    How to Build a Simple and Profitable Business Through CSP Indirect
    Paul O'Connor, Global Lead CSP Indirect Program; Clare Richards, Partner Business Manager; Kathy Jones, SPLA Business Manager Recorded: Mar 20 2019 23 mins
    If you are a Microsoft partner that falls into one of the following categories and you are unsure what benefits the new Microsoft CSP Indirect program brings to you, we recommend joining this webinar:

    •System Integrator (SI) Partners – these partners will now be able to offer software and support to customers that they were not able to access in the past providing the partner with new sources of revenue and a differentiated value proposition.

    •Hosters/SPLAs – the CSP Indirect program allows these partners to forego their existing infrastructures, which may not be viable long-term, and work through SoftwareONE and Microsoft to help end-customers.

    •ISVs – providing help with scale and reach; working with SoftwareONE’s CSP Indirect team can help them get to market faster and at a greater scale ensuring faster returns for ISV startup stakeholders.

    Finding new business in your customer base this year may seem daunting. Building a new practice may be a costly venture that won’t return value to the business for years. However, delivering long-term customer value is paramount and critical to growing your business.

    SoftwareONE is a certified member of the CSP Indirect program and it’s an exciting time for those in the Microsoft ecosystem, benefiting partners and end customers alike.

    Find out more about the new opportunities available to you and specifics about SoftwareONE’s additional value and services delivered through our unique CSP Indirect program called ONEClub.
  • Part 1 SQL & Windows Server 2008/R2 End of Support: What to Know & Preparation
    Part 1 SQL & Windows Server 2008/R2 End of Support: What to Know & Preparation
    Kaz Traverso, Solutions Specialist; David Bloxham, Marketing Manager Recorded: Mar 14 2019 20 mins
    Make sure you are fully informed about the upcoming end-of-support for Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 – and ensure your organisation is ready.

    Once SQL Server 2008 reaches its end of support deadline on 9th July 2019 and Windows Server January 2020, security updates will no longer be released for it, leaving systems open to outside threats, and the risk of non-compliancy with industry requirements such as GDPR.

    In part 1 of our 4-part series to help with your readiness Solution Specialist from SoftwareONE, Kaz Traverso, and Marketing Manager, David Bloxham, will discuss the essential pieces of information to help with your strategy planning, including:

    •What is ‘End of Support’ and what does it mean
    •What are the timelines and other upcoming End of Support products
    •Security risks and impact on ISO and GDPR compliance
    •Operational constraints
    •How to understand your risk – discovery tools and assessment
    •What are your options – stay on-prem or move to Azure or hybrid approach?

    Within the webinar series in part 2 we discuss the cloud migration options and process in more detail, part 3 looks at licensing and commercial options and in part 4 we share best practice governance for hybrid environments for cloud management and cost control.
  • Intelligent Communication and Collaboration with Microsoft Teams and SoftwareONE
    Intelligent Communication and Collaboration with Microsoft Teams and SoftwareONE
    Peadar O'Sullivan, Solutions Architect; Tim Bennett, Solutions Specialist Recorded: Mar 12 2019 62 mins
    Microsoft has announced the integration of Skype for Business Online into Microsoft Teams.

    We are also excited to announce the launch of UCSimple into the UK, Ireland and South Africa markets.

    Would you like to know what this Microsoft change means to your organisation and the opportunities Microsoft Teams and SoftwarONE’s UCSimple solution offers as part of your workplace strategy?

    In this 60 minute webinar our experts will discuss:

    •The features and use cases of Microsoft Teams and the UC roadmap
    •How you can meaningfully plan your UC transformation and find the right tools for your organisation
    •How you can technically compose and implement your UC strategy without losing the commitment of your employees
    •How you can make sure your new UC environment is running smoothly with no interruptions after the implementation

    The future workplace has arrived. Technology is changing the way we work, and businesses are using more advanced tools to help people communicate and collaborate.

    Unified Communications (UC) brings together a variety of communication services, including email, telephony, and web conferencing, enabling unrestricted communication and collaboration - in real time, across multiple devices, and without media disruption.

    To be successful in your migration, you need to define your UC strategy and implement and maintain the appropriate infrastructure. We are happy to help you in finding the right strategy for your future workplace and optimally utilising your transformation journey.
  • Streamline Software Procurement Processes with PyraCloud
    Streamline Software Procurement Processes with PyraCloud
    Rhys Williams Recorded: Feb 22 2019 31 mins
    Many procurement professionals we speak with struggle to get the insights into software purchases, software and cloud usage, contract terms, outstanding invoices, expired quotes and renewal information that they require to do their roles effectively.

    This information is often spread across multiple paper documents, systems, spreadsheets or databases, which makes it tedious and time consuming to gather the necessary data and often leaves Procurement Specialists unprepared at the time of software renewals.

    Lack of visibility into software and cloud spend makes it difficult to negotiate optimal commercial terms and contracts.

    This is why we developed the new Procurement Workbench in PyraCloud.

    We wanted to provide Procurement Specialists with a quick and easy way to see all relevant information and insights needed for their role.

    Join one of our experts, Rhys Williams, and learn how the PyraCloud Procurement Workbench can help you streamline your process by:

    • Simplifying the management of quotes, orders and invoices
    • Improving product search capabilities across multiple products and services in global catalogues
    • Tracking software previously purchased, product favourites and subscriptions
    • Consolidating multiple aspects of the procurement process in one place

    PyraCloud provides a single platform to manage the software procurement process in one place – no need to login to multiple systems – saving you time and money. Join us on the webinar to find out more.
  • Accelerate your Digital Transformation through PDF Productivity and eSigning
    Accelerate your Digital Transformation through PDF Productivity and eSigning
    David Bloxham, SoftwareONE; Kevin O'Donnell, Nitro Recorded: Feb 19 2019 33 mins
    Successful digital transformation begins by equipping all knowledge workers with strategic, easy-to-use tools. SoftwareONE and Nitro can provide you with tools to reduce printing and enable 100% digital workflows through PDF productivity, eSigning and usage insights.

    During this webinar, Nitro’s Director of Product, Kevin O’Donnell, will explain how these tools can be easily implemented and how they can benefit organisations of every size.

    • Learn the benefits of going paperless. Aside from saving trees a paperless office can help greatly with GDPR compliance and protects the confidentiality and integrity of documents.

    • eSigning tools are only available to a fraction of knowledge workers today; Kevin will discuss why this is the case and how this tool can be extended across the entire organisation in an affordable way.

    • Can every industry and organisation digitize their workflows? We will share how companies in various industries are using Nitro as part of their digital transformation initiative.

    Kevin has 16 years of experience in technology innovation, strategic leadership and delivering scalable, breakthrough global solutions. Kevin leads Nitro’s Product Management and UX teams to deliver innovative Digital Transformation breakthroughs across all platforms.
  • Is Software Asset Management the Tonic to your Cloud Headache?
    Is Software Asset Management the Tonic to your Cloud Headache?
    Antony Attfield, Rhys Williams and Mark Lillywhite Recorded: Nov 13 2018 46 mins
    According to Gartner’s latest research (cited in August 2018*) 20% of the IT budget is now being spent on cloud-based services. An upward trend that is being driven by more organisations moving workloads to the cloud and increasing adoption of SaaS applications.

    Many of these organisations, however, are experiencing significant cloud overspend due to a lack of visibility and effective monitoring across single and multiple cloud providers. And cloud sprawl and overspend is exacerbated by shadow IT with undetected or unauthorised purchases from cloud vendors.

    So how big is this problem of cloud overspend and how do you address it? Join experienced consultants from SoftwareONE, Antony Attfield and Rhys Williams and Mark Lillywhite from Snow to understand how to gain control reduce your cloud spend.


    -The challenges of monitoring usage and spend of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
    -The disconnect between IT and Lines of Business and C-Level
    -Gaining visibility and control of your cloud estate
    -A demonstration of Snow’s SaaS detection and management capabilities
    -A demonstration of SoftwareONE’s PyraCloud for IaaS and PaaS cloud spend management
    -Best practice governance for budget management and chargeback

    *Source: http://www.cloudpro.co.uk/iaas/7603/cloud-spending-now-swallows-20-of-it-budgets

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