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Software Asset Management: Ensuring Today's Assets

Today's trends like BYOD and SaaS are new and exciting in terms of how they will help make our jobs more productive but they also introduce challenges as it relates to software licensing. Find out more - it's time for your organization to look at how to better manage software assets.

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Trends Shaping Software Management: 2014

Meeting the challenges of mobility, cloud computing and virtualization in the software realm.

Most IT executives recognize the relationship between mobile computing and worker productivity, and have long issued notebook computers and other mobile devices to road warriors and employees who work extended hours. In cases where they have no mobile device policy, users often take matters into their own hands.

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Software Asset Management: Pay Attention or Pay Up

There is a wide range of options for managing software assets, from in-house solutions to the cloud to managed services providers. Read this whitepaper to learn about:

- Using SAM to inform software investments
- Avoiding software fees and fines
- What's the best approach to SAM?
- Making the most of volume-based licensing
- Hands-free SAM: How vendors can unburden IT leaders

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Are You Prepared for a Software Audit?

Just the word "audit" is enough to make anyone shiver, and when it comes to a software audit, the reaction is no different. A software publisher can exercise its rights to conduct a software audit to check that a customer is using its products in accordance with the End User License Agreement (EULA). These agreements are signed by customers when the software is installed. The ability to undertake an audit is a legal right, and therefore, not something end user organizations can refuse to do.

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A More Predictable Way to Budget Software Costs

More predictable budgeting for software licenses was one motivation to adopt Adobe Creative Cloud. Read this case study to learn the other benefits that Wavetronix achieved, including elimination of upgrade and version compatibility worries, improved collaboration among departments, and access to new creative tools.

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Adobe Creative Cloud for teams Security Overview

Adobe takes the security of your digital experience seriously. From their rigorous integration of security into their internal software development process and tools to their cross-functional incident response teams, they strive to be proactive and nimble. What's more, their collaborative work with partners, researchers, and other industry organizations helps them understand the latest threats and security best practices, as well as continually build security into the products and services they offer.

This white paper describes the proactive approach and procedures implemented by Adobe to increase the security of your Creative Cloud experience and your data.

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Adobe Creative Cloud FAQ

The new Creative Cloud app for your desktop keeps your entire creative world in sync and organized. Download and manage the latest product updates, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, and more--all right from your desktop

The following are answers to common questions about Adobe┬« Creative Cloud™ for teams membership, purchasing, security, and storage.

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13 Reasons to Move to Adobe Creative Cloud

One of the big advantages Adobe Creative Cloud for teams offers over Adobe Creative Suite 6 perpetual software is the ability to continually innovate. With Creative Cloud, there's no more waiting 12-18 months for upgrade cycles. More than 500 new features have been added to Creative Cloud since it was introduced. The CS6 applications still have the same feature set they had the day they were released in May 2012. In the meantime, Creative Cloud members have been able to take advantage of frequent feature updates that are delivered at no additional cost. They are simply included as part of the ongoing membership. When new features are added, members are notified through the Creative Cloud console, so it's easy to keep up with what's new.

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What's coming to Adobe Creative Cloud

Editing and video content creation workflows are about to get easier and more exciting, with major updates coming soon to Creative Cloud, bringing more Adobe magic, expanded support for cutting edge technologies, and an even more connected creative experience. Whether you are an established professional or an aspiring artist, Creative Cloud delivers a complete filmmaking toolkit to your desktop. Connect the steps in your production pipeline and deliver brilliant work for the web, broadcast, and cinema.

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Which Adobe Create Cloud Option is Right for Your Organization

Frequently asked questions about the new Creative Cloud for teams single-app plan. Adobe offers two Creative Cloud for teams plans--complete and single app. A single-app plan includes access to the latest version of one CC desktop app of your choice such as Adobe Photoshop® CC or Illustrator® CC, updates and upgrades the moment they are released, and select services and business features

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Considerations For Effective Software License Management

For many reasons, software license management has become a critical issue for many IT organizations and enterprise's alike. With many licensing options, hurdles and complications to consider, software licensing can be a daunting task. This e-guide provides readers with invaluable software license management techniques for the virtual data center, including addressing server application virtualization challenges. This guide also includes a checklist for effective software license management.

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Adding WOW to the WAN

WAN optimization techniques tweak bandwidth for better network performance and more.

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WAN Sizzle

With a shift in traffic patterns from recent trends like virtualization, mobility and cloud - IT organizations need to get more effective usage from current WAN links. This article provides some insight into WAN optimization technologies.

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Optimizing the Network

The network has become a utility that users can't do without. Mobility and bandwidth-hungry apps demand faster and more efficient networks. Optimization across the network can make for a more productive workforce.

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The High-Performance WAN

Wide area networks (WANs) are critical to the fabric underlying all business-critical applications, whether in organizational data centers or spread out to the cloud. But for large, distributed entities, maintaining network links to each branch office can be costly. WAN optimization and acceleration is not as simple as boosting the bandwidth in a slow office or dropping a single device into the network. Find out what are some of the top problems associated with large WANs and the technologies typically used to solve them.

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Keep Your Network Available, Efficient and Secure

Make the most of your network by working with experts who "get it." CDW and F5 have partnered to keep networks highly optimized. Keep your network highly available and redundant even during times of heavy traffic, shift application needs to maximize performance, and protect your network from the threats that might compromise data security.

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The Network Administrator's Guide to Routers & Switches

Today's networks are facing trends like mobility, virtualization and cloud computing making today's network administrators rethink their router and switch designs. IT pros must not only choose the right products but understand current design trends, best practices and the top protocols to help make their networks efficient and resilient - for the long haul.

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Top Network Optimization Projects for 2014

Network-related initiatives are on the rise, and for good reason. Network optimization delivers improvements across the entire organization -- regardless of size. In small- and medium-sized organizations, upgrade plans primarily focus on efforts to refresh or improve routers and switches, enabling IT shops to take advantage of advanced device capabilities and "smart" features.

This white paper, driven by new research from CDW, maps where the network technology and service marketplace is headed in 2014, the tools and trends in play and what organizations are doing to stay ahead of the networking curve. See what IT teams in other organizations are planning and implementing -- and where they're seeing successes and challenges -- as you consider options for upgrading your own network infrastructure.

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Networking Trends in 2014

Planning for a smoothly operating network requires more than simply maintaining solid operational skills. Change in technology is constant. Whether it's within or outside the data center, it impacts the enterprise network. Five key areas to monitor include bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, network optimization, data center changes, software-defined networks and IPv6. IT managers have weathered many of these waves previously, but they are back now, hitting heavier than before. Staying ahead of trends, carefully planning for upgrades and enhancements, looking to the horizon -- all are valuable business practices that also happen to support successfully operating a network. And a healthy network is an essential element to a healthy business.

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802.11ac Non-Disruptive Migration Strategies

Emerging 802.11ac standard promises a significant boost in performance to support ubiquitous mobility.

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