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Novatus Contracts Summer 2009 Promotion

I just received notice that Novatus has created a promotional pricing offer valid from June 1 to September 30, 2009, which includes low-cost licensing options, rapid deployment and pay-as-you-go licensing – no commitments required.  Released in light of the current global economic condition and Novatus’ desire to address prospective client’s budgetary requirements, the best contract management system just became easier to adopt.  To learn more, contact me here (select Novatus from the drop-down menu).

About Novatus, Inc.
Novatus delivers contract, compliance and supplier management software via On-Demand SaaS delivery and On-Premises installation. With a focus on customer driven requirements, mobility and integration, Novatus provides the right fit for companies seeking a proven provider with superior technology who offers cost efficient applications and rapid deployment. Novatus was founded in 2008 by well-respected and globally recognized contract and supply chain industry leaders and is comprised of domain experts who have been top tier software and services providers since the contract management space formed and evolved into a recognized software category and formal discipline throughout the last decade.


New Year, New Forum

Happy 2009, everyone!

Wow.  I can’t believe another year has flown by.  2008 was full of twists and turns, but now is not a time for retrospection.  I’ll leave a year-in-review for someone else.

Instead, I’d like to re-introduce you to a few things going on around the site, especially for those of you joining us via your friendly neighborhood RSS-feed-reader.

Obviously, you all know about the blog.  I’m going to continue to post on a regular basis on things that I find interesting or noteworthy in the contracts, software licensing and negotiation world.  The Skribit tool is available on the blog page if you’d like to submit a topic idea/suggestion (you can also just e-mail one to me).  So far, every one that’s been suggested has been covered… so I’m always looking for more topic ideas.

I’ve had to slow down on a few additions that I wanted to have completed by the end of 2008.  The Software Licensing Education Series – 400 and 500 levels are still in production.  I promise that I’ll finish them, I just don’t know exactly when.  But I’ve not forgotten about them.  The same is true for Symetrisk.  I had originally thought that it would be released (if only in beta form) by tonight, alas, it hasn’t.  It is, however, in development as well (two types, no less).  Please let me know if you want to receive immediate notification upon its completion.

The Software Licensing Handbook, now in its second edition, and the Five Fundamental Skills for Effective Negotiation continue to receive praise and recognition from a wide range of sources.  I never imagined the support you’ve shown me and I’m eternally grateful for the chance to share my experience with you.  Thank you!

I haven’t had the time to present at conferences or speak with peers as much as I would’ve preferred.  If you want me to speak at an event or with your team/group, please let me know.  I’ll see if I can be a little more available.

Last, but not least, and brand new for 2009, is an upgrade to v4 of our Forum software.  Just released this evening and installed a few moments ago, the Forum is the place to go to start discussions on anything you want to talk about with other procurement, contracts, legal and sales professionals.  We haven’t had too much action on them to date – but 2009 is the perfect time to start.  Membership is free, posting/reading is free – this is an additional value-add service to you.

I hope you’ve had a great 2008 – and that you have an even better 2009!  I look forward to continuing our adventure together!

Privacy in a SaaS World

I suppose it was bound to happen eventually, but a federal judge just ordered Google to turn over the viewing logs for YouTube (your usernames, IP addresses, etc) as part of the current Viacom v YouTube and Google litigation.  The EFF is fighting this, of course.

But, this doesn’t bode particularly well for privacy and the use of SaaS-type computing (ie: putting your data into someone else’s hands for whatever reason) given the way in which the court interpreted existing law.

Thanks for the notice to:  Unit Structures, ZDNet, and Gizmodo.

PS.  Deleting your account at this point might not help… but I would definitely recommend re-evaluating what you have as your YouTube (and other services’) username and if you use your real names in the profile information.  Just a thought.