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SAM and Licensing specialist at Crayon.

The Microsoft Intelligent Asset Manager (IAM) allows Crayon to provide transparency in software consumption, move beyond license compliance and increase customer value.

24th January, 2018, Crayon today announced it is collaborating with Microsoft to help customers maximise the value of Software Asset Management (SAM), moving beyond license compliance and toward increased customer value. Microsoft Intelligent Asset Manager (IAM) enables Crayon’s partners and customers to more easily and transparently collect and securely share inventory data and leverage Microsoft’s centralised service to establish a licensing position. This helps make time-consuming, expensive and disruptive reviews a thing of the past and enables more time and focus on helping customers manage their IT infrastructure and derive meaningful insight from this process.

IAM, coupled with Crayon’s technology, will make it easier to understand a customer’s IT inventory, store that data in a secure and customer-controlled manner and enable the seamless creation of an Effective License Position (ELP) – a trusted baseline for both parties. Through a special program with Crayon, Microsoft customers can use the resulting ELP via the Crayon solution to manage their Microsoft license position on an ongoing basis. Doing so in a managed and transparent process using pre-agreed metrics will save customer resources, allow friction-free self-optimisation, create more value driven relationships for Microsoft customers and empower informed strategic technology and cloud decisions.

Ashley Gatehouse, CMO, Crayon said, “Crayon understands the critical role transparency and vendor involvement play in a healthy and successful software supply chain. We’re extremely proud to work with Microsoft to help our customers maximise the value of Software Asset Management for their organisation and their customers.”

Patama Chantaruck, General Manager of Worldwide Software Asset Management & Compliance at Microsoft Corp., said, “We believe SAM, when done right, is a strategic advantage for our customers. We stay committed to helping all organisations maximise value, minimise risk and achieve more with their IT investments. To enable this, we work with partners to simplify the way SAM engagements are conducted and ensure customers receive meaningful value from them. We are delighted with Crayon’s support for Intelligent Asset Manager, and we look forward to bringing the powerful value of SAM to accelerate the digital transformation for our customers.”

For more information about Crayon’s Software Asset Management services please contact your local team or visit: https://www.crayon.com/en/software-asset-management

 

We are delighted to announce that Cybereason, creators of the leading cybersecurity data analytics platform, has chosen Crayon to be their European distributor.

This partnership allows us to begin distributing Cybereason’s award-winning cybersecurity data analytics platform to our distribution network of 3,500 global partners.

“Crayon has proven to be a true leader in the enterprise software community. We look forward to working closely together as we enable their community of 3,500 global partners to deliver new cybersecurity software and services offerings to their customers,” said Gregg Henebry, Vice President of Channels, Cybereason.

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Torgrim Takle, CEO at Crayon Group, says businesses that seek to optimise IT estates can get past fears surrounding the latest piece of EU legislation by using joined-up thinking, regarding software asset management and cloud economics.

Unless a business has been living under a rock for the past 12 months, the threat of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will not have escaped it. For those in the boardroom of companies that handle, process or monitor the data of EU citizens, it is a very real threat.

The news headlines in 2017 were filled with cybercriminals and reports of breaches, and the notion that businesses must be able to spot and report on these to the relevant authorities within 72 hours came as a shock to some. Failure to do so could see enterprises fined up to €20 million or 4% of their annual turnover.

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Want to improve your Cloud sales?

With Crayon’s ultimate incentive platform PULSE, you can bring your Cloud sales to life!

PULSE has been created to reward our partners for their Cloud consumption. All they need to do is have an active CSP Indirect reseller agreement with Crayon. Once enrolled, for every $5 consumption they will receive 1

 

Pulse Point to spend in the Crayon Reward Catalogue. For example, 20 Pulse Points for every $100 dollars consumed!

It’s that simple!

Crayon’s Reward Catalogue features everything from the latest technology to high street vouchers.

How does it work? 

It’s as easy as 1,2,3

  1. Have an active CSP Indirect reseller agreement with Crayon.
  2. Activate enrolment by billing through Crayon’s CSP Indirect reseller agreement.
  3. Spend the Pulse Points through the Crayon Reward Catalogue.

Plus, Partners with a CSP Indirect reseller agreement with Crayon, automatically receive 1,000 Pulse Points to get them started!

Request an account here and start earning.

Choose crayon and we’ll reward you!

Contact us today if you want more information and want to start making the most out of your Cloud sales.

Crayon har søkt om notering på Oslo Børs.

Crayon Group Holding ASA vil ifølge en melding søke om notering på Oslo Børs.

Crayon ble grunnlagt i 2002 og ble notert på Oslo Børs etter fusjonen med Inmeta i 2011.

Selskapet var notert på Oslo Børs frem til 2012, frem til det norske kapitalfondet Norvestor la inn bud og overtok samtlige aksjer i lisens- og konsulentselskapet.

Etter at selskapet ble tatt av børs, har det fokusert på internasjonal ekspansjon.

Crayon Group Holding har ifølge en melding besluttet å gjennomføre en IPO med notering på Oslo Børs. I tillegg vil selskapet gjøre en emisjon på 340 millioner kroner.

Første handelsdag kan – dersom noteringen godkjennes – bli på eller rundt 8. november.

Emisjonen ventes ifølge meldingen å gjøres til en kurs på mellom 15,50 kroner og 19,00 kroner per aksje.

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IntelZone is the Group’s New and Ambitious End-to-End IoT Analytics Solution

Oslo, Norway – October 16th 2017 – Today Crayon Group announced the launch of a new initiative called IntelZone, an IoT (Internet of Things) end-to-end consulting services practice. The newest addition to the Group will focus initially on the Nordic market with additional planned expansion to support the Group’s wider business across EMEA. IntelZone will provide expert solutions for consultancy services, advisory services, technical implementation, and IT services with specific respect to the booming IoT market.

“The market opportunity for IoT solutions has been through a huge maturity evolution in the last couple of years. By 2020 it is estimated that there will be 29 billion connected devices worldwide, and 80% of consumer interactions will feature the use IoT, big data and advanced analytics” explained Erling Hesselberg, a spokesman for Crayon Group.

“The technology has now matured to a point where global enterprise is increasingly leveraging the opportunities presented by IoT to increase the value of their business offering to customers, increasing satisfaction whilst simultaneously reducing costs. IntelZone is a new, specialist technical practice that is going to help customers effectively introduce IoT into their processes and optimise their return on the investment.”

IntelZone’s Sensor Experts, Data Analysts and IoT Advisors will be working with other experts across Crayon’s technical Cloud, Mobility & Collaboration, Security, Machine Learning & SAM practices to provide customers with holistic solutions to leverage IoT and to benefit from Crayon Group’s strong reputation as the global software and cloud experts.

About Crayon Group: Crayon are experts at optimising client ROI from complex technology and a global leader in Software Asset Management (SAM), cloud and volume licensing, and associated consulting services. The company is headquartered in Oslo with over 1,000 employees working in offices worldwide. For more information, please visit Crayon’s website.

About IntelZone: IntelZone is the specialist IoT practice within Crayon Group in delivering complete solutions and consulting for the Internet of Things (IoT). For more information, please visit IntelZone’s website.

Having made its intentions to float on the Oslo Stock Exchange clear, Crayon's CEOs reveal what the move means for the future of its business

Crayon IPO: A return to the public stage
This means that when Crayon returns to make its listing on Oslo Børs it will be ‘as a NOK 6.02bn-turnover giant’.

“The strategy has worked,” said Syversen, speaking to Channelnomics Europe. “We are better positioned than ever before, we have developed our own IP in the last few years, and we have a platform to take part in the consolidation of the market which we believe will happen in this space.”

Joint CEO, Takle, told Budd that the IPO would help Crayon increase its financial flexibility, taking its M&A strategy “to the next level”, particularly honing in on software outfits boasting their own IP.
Crayon also disclosed, along with its IPO filing, that it intends to put aside NOK 300m which will partly go towards further growth.

“Economy of scale is super important, and we have a platform that can consolidate smaller local players who will either diminish over time or eventually be de-authorised by the big vendors,” explained Syversen.

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Software specialist to conduct offering of new shares to raise NOK 300m (€32m)

Crayon to IPO on Oslo Stock Exchange

Channelnomics EU has reported news of our intention to launch an IPO on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

As Josh Budd explains, ‘The Norwegian firm’s investor, equity house Norvestor, intends to shrink its ownership of Crayon through a secondary sale of its shares as part of the IPO, but plans to remain a shareholder once the IPO has completed.’

This, he says, will see Crayon conducting ‘an offering of new shares’ and ‘raising gross proceeds of around NOK 300m (€32m) in order to fuel its growth strategy, which will likely include M&A’.

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We asked a Cloud Manager to keep a diary of his typical week. The opportunities, the threats, the opportunities for threats, the highs, the lows and the scary things they never warn you about on training courses...

Incident Three

Time: Saturday afternoon: Yes, that’s right: bank holiday short straw…I’ll keep it brief.

Severity of Injury: Bent ear, followed by constant ringing

Fiscal Impact: Minimal

Career impact: Lost a department.

Emotional Impact: Trembling ganglions. Trauma. Tendency to burst into tears.

Incident details: Incident caused by communications standards clash. Head of Research said: I want to upgrade our storage to Flash. I said (with a tinge of sarcasm that he obviously missed): “Wouldn’t that be nice?” He took that to mean, “Go ahead, I’ll sign it off and if anything goes wrong, I’ve got your backup.” Which, needless to say, is my word against this. But whom are they going to believe? Like the flash itself, he’s very fast, he’s hard and he has a volatile memory. Injury took place as I realised I was being pulled out of a meeting for an emergency summit with Purchase Ledger.

Extent of Damage: Reputation trashed.

Lessons Learned: Gained new insights into the head of R&D.

Diagnosis: Budget trauma. Severe stretching of the truth.

FACEPALM!