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There’s no denying the massive pressure on businesses to stay relevant by understanding and utilizing the latest technology trends—but who can keep up these days? The time has come to re-imagine the role IT plays in your organization, starting with software licensing in the cloud. Everyone wants to increase his or her company’s efficiency and create a more significant business impact, right? Not so fast. The complexity of taking on such a considerable task should not be underestimated. Hardware and services are arguably the most important investments your company will make, and should therefore be handled with precision. Negotiating software licensing agreements and contracts are critical to the return on these investments, as are advisors with expertise in this area.

According to Computer World, the most challenging models to license and integrate into the cloud are Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Software-as-a-Service may not pose as many complications to cloud integration, as it is most likely also from the cloud providers themselves. This is because nearly every software manufacturer has a different licensing model, some based on user volume, others based on the number of processors the software is running on.

With the increasing number of cloud service providers, major independent software vendors (ISVs) are adjusting existing licenses and implementing new models to supply businesses’ demands for increased IT flexibility. For example, IBM offers a long term billing plan or an hourly pay-as-you-go billing plan, where developers can pay a flat monthly fee for use of all of its products. The options are seemingly endless, but as an SMB, who has the time to wade through all of that fine print? After all, time is money, right?

Yes, time is money, but if you rush through the planning stage, something is bound to slip through the cracks, at which point you will find yourself asking the age-old question: If we don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will we have the time to fix it when it breaks? In order to strengthen your company’s flexibility in adopting future technology moving forward, a concerted effort to understand licensing terms is paramount. Otherwise, you may find yourself contractually bound to outdated systems and equipment, effectively stunting the growth and success of your business.

A delicate balance must be reached, here. Avoid boxing yourself in with outdated technology contracts, but always remain mindful of your specific needs. Why risk paying more for licensing that you don’t need or won’t use? The various licensing agreements and options for cloud software can be impossibly detailed, and making sure your licensing agreements are tailored perfectly to your company’s needs, both immediate and future, is vital to the success of any project or business. Many IT service providers do not take into account the complexity or long-term cost implications of how future licensing models will work. We do.

Keeping the future in mind is a crucial component to setting your business up for success, and DTM Systems has a proven background in helping business achieve their dreams of flawlessly integrated IT services. We help you plan, build and enter strategic agreements and contracts that can lower costs and effectively serve your future

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