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SAP Maintenance and Support for the Zombie Hordes

By Mike Welsh

As many of you may already know, most SAP renewal deals ‘come due’ in December, as they are generally annualized to the calendar year, as are most new SAP license purchases and expansions. SAP is hungry for new licensing revenue, so customers can expect to see increased activity around year-end audits.  Now is the time to start planning (and saving), especially if you’re already paying for annual maintenance and support services to SAP.  If you are ready to go ahead and write SAP another huge check for the upcoming year and are unconcerned about the value you’re getting for these large investments, check your pulse…you may be a software zombie...

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Oracle Audits Will Get Worse in 2018

By Matt Ryan

Over the years, Oracle audits have become the bane of existence for many of Oracle’s customers, thanks in large part to Oracle’s reputed predatory behavior, especially in its LMS (License Management Service) Group, and the well-earned notoriety for its truculent account management practices in its sales organization.  As we’ve often said it’s not matter of if, but when you will get audited by Oracle.  As we are seeing unfold now, the pace of these audits continues to accelerate.  Click read more below to read why we think there will be a continuation of aggressive audits for the foreseeable future. 

A CFO's Take on How to Make the CIO/CFO Relationship Work

By Olivier Leonetti, Information Week

Five steps to bring the top financial and technology executives closer together for the good of the company.

In the era of digital transformation, the relationship between the CIO and CFO has become more critical than ever. According to a recent report by Forbes Insights, 96% of senior executives see a close CIO/CFO collaboration as being critical to business success.

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NET(net) Video Series: Gaining a 'Federated' view of the markets to get value in your IT Investments.  Learn from Steven Zolman, NET(net) Founder, what FMI is, and how you can use it to get more value in your IT Agreements, Investments, and Relationships....  Click the picture at left to view the video.
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Employees in Focus: Andrea Alterman

As Senior Vice President in NET(net)'s Value Delivery group, Andrea is responsible for overseeing long-term client relationships as they relate to client engagement interactions, managing NET(net), Inc.’s core services resources, and ensuring complete client satisfaction throughout the engagement delivery life cycle.

Andrea brings over 30 years of experience in consulting and information technology to NET(net).  Andrea has career experience at Andersen Consulting (Accenture), TSC as a Principal, and a Partner at CSC.  Her extensive experience working with clients on large-scale business transformation, organizational change, and business process redesign engagements, mostly centered around large-scale technology implementations, gives her unique insight into the business needs of NET(net)’s clients.

Andrea graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communication Studies.  She resides in the Chicago area with her husband and six children.

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