The evolution to Cloud is changing, or I would even go as far to say that it has changed the way vendors deliver software and services. The model has shifted the cost of software from the balance sheet to profit and loss. And users are getting accustomed to the operational flexibility provided by ubiquitous access to information and working tools.
The shift to hosted, services such as Azure or Amazon AWS, and software rental under the Software as a Service (SaaS) model has created a challenge. A challenge that falls to the Software Asset Management (SAM) industry and SAM professionals to overcome.
As I see it, the question is this: are organizations in a position to manage new Cloud technologies and licensing models? Some are, some aren’t. But either way, my advice is to get Cloud ready, as the Cloud spend trend is on the up!