Webinar invite: How to achieve Software Contract Compliance – Efficiently, effectively, economically

Thursday, 19th July 2012, 10am and 5pm

  • Has being under-licensed ever taken you by surprise?
  • Would it be useful, or even a requirement, to know your complete software license position?
  • Is UK, European and International regulatory and legislative compliance important to you? e.g. SOX, Basel II, Mifid

If you answered yes to any of the points above, you could benefit from joining Turnstone and Seal Software, for this free-to-attend, informative webinar, to learn how to:

  • Easily and rapidly gain full visibility of your software license arrangements
  • Achieve cost savings on software renewals and out of date support and maintenance contracts
  • Identify and catalogue all of your IT contracts and commitments

The webinar will cover not only the “why”, but also the “how” of efficient, effective and economical software contract compliance.


When big business thinks small: a guide to working with technology SMEs

Back in the day, CIOs would often respond to criticism that they were unwilling to take a risk on using small or niche technology suppliers with the shibboleth that “nobody gets fired for buying IBM” or “nobody gets fired for buying Microsoft”. Whatever major vendor’s name is invoked, though, the underlying assumption has always been the same: it is too risky to use untested or unproven technology suppliers.

Increasingly, though, CIOs within large organisations are realising that the judicious use of small or niche technology suppliers can offer significant benefits in terms of improving agility, reducing costs, allowing them to tap into innovation and – by extension – helping them to gain an edge over the competition. How they do so without putting their organisations at risk, however, remains a challenge for some.

Read the full article here.

IT Perimeter Security RFP

Turnstone supported Clarks International, a UK-based shoe retailer, in a re-tender project for their IT Perimeter Security service.

Some of the key issues included high administrative costs for change requests, service management reporting and replacement of end-of-life equipment.

Turnstone provided a model RFP document and helped with input and feedback on the key sections.

An ‘all inclusive’ service with unlimited change requests for the duration of the contract was negotiated. In addition to the enhanced contract and service levels, a pro-active end-of-life equipment replacement programme was set up.

Cost savings of 10% per annum were achieved.

“Using Turnstone at key stages in our selection process enabled us to complete a successful tender process with limited resources in terms of both manpower and budget.”

David Forde
Procurement Category Manager
Clarks International

Read the full case study here.

Businesses at risk from ‘unfair’ cloud contracts

Businesses have been urged to double check their cloud computing contracts for unfair terms.

Research by Queen Mary University of London has revealed that a high proportion of cloud computing contracts contain clauses that could leave them liable for failures by their supplier.

Unfair terms frequently slip into contracts un-noticed when departmental managers sign-up to low cost cloud services without going through the normal procurement processes.

“We have found attempts, usually by American cloud suppliers, to not only deny that they have any liability for any damage that might be caused, but sometimes they even try to shift liability to the customer,” Christopher Millard, professor of privacy and information law, on Computer Weekly.

Read the full article here.