The Alphabet of SAM  Part 3. (O – Z)

Blog Post created by jelle.wijndelts2 Employee on Jan 3, 2018

First of all Happy New Year to all. I hope 2018 is going to be a year full of SAM savings and abbreviations.  In this last Alphabet edition I cover the letters from O to Z. I know I will have missed out some acronyms, abbreviations plus new ones are ‘invented’ everyday. Please feel free to add them to the comments.

The Alphabet of SAM Part 1

The Alphabet of SAM Part 2





The Oracle license and Services Agreement (OLSA) is the standard contract, subject only to local country legal requirements, for use across all sales channels, in all countries, and for all customers. The OLSA is a transaction based agreement that is included with every license order and contains the general legal and business terms governing your use of our programs. To fully understand your license granted under the OLSA, you need to review the relevant List of Definitions for the licensing metrics and term designation as well as the licensing rules. link to Oracle website.


Oracle Management Option.  Snow Oracle Management Option is the most effective way to optimize your investment in Oracle databases, reducing the reliance on costly consultants by automating key data collection tasks.

Oracle Management Option enables Oracle administrators and license owners to easily track, manage and optimize the configuration of Oracle databases. With the ability to create on-demand Oracle Server Worksheets, administrators can avoid compliance risks, unnecessary costs and save time.

The solution gives organizations control of their Oracle estate thanks to the ability to collect data and report on all server hardware and configuration, database products and editions, database Options and associated usage, Management Packs and associated usage, feature usage and named users


An Oracle Server Worksheet (OSW), when fully complete, is a spreadsheet which represents a declaration of the Oracle products you have deployed in your network, the license metric applied and the infrastructure you have assigned the licenses too. This spreadsheet is then submitted Oracle License Management Services(LMS) and compared to the products that you have purchase to see if there is a gap in licensing. Depending on which version of the OSW you have been asked to fill, each line represents either a database instance (older format) or a server instances and details of what has been deployed, when, for what, the physical and virtual environment.


Proc is a common term used primarily in game programming to refer to an event triggered under particular circumstances. However in Snow terms it stands for Processor (Central Processing Unit) For certain software application, predominantly Server based, it is the main metric by which compliance is calculated.


Product Use Rights (PUR): A document that contains use rights for licenses acquired through Microsoft Volume Licensing. From now on referred to as Product Terms. The Product Terms contains all the terms and conditions for how you purchase licenses for software and online services through Microsoft Volume Licensing programs. The Product Terms document is updated monthly as a successor to the Product Use Rights and Product List.


A Processor Value Unit (PVU) is a unit of measure used to differentiate licensing of software on distributed processor technologies (defined by Processor Vendor, Brand, Type and Model Number). IBM continues to define a processor, for purposes of PVU-based licensing, to be each processor core on a chip (socket).


Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft, which provides a user with a graphical interface to connect to another computer over a network connection. The user employs RDP client software for this purpose, while the other computer must run RDP server software.
Clients exist for most versions of Microsoft Windows (including Windows Mobile), Linux, Unix, macOS, iOS, Android, and other operating systems. RDP servers are built into Windows operating systems; an RDP server for Unix and OS X also exists. By default, the server listens on TCP port 3389[1] and UDP port 3389.[2]
Microsoft currently[when?] refers to their official RDP client software as Remote Desktop Connection, formerly "Terminal Services Client".
Within Snow License Manager any application detected to be ran through an RDP or Terminal Services Session will be prefixed with "TS-". The reasoning for this is that these application will require a different type of license metric(usually number of usr or device connections within a specific time span)


Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) is a Microsoft maintenance program aimed at business users who use Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and other server and desktop applications. The core premise behind SA is to give users the ability to spread payments over several years, while offering "free" upgrades to newer versions during that time period.


Software as a service is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. It is sometimes referred to as "on-demand software", and was formerly referred to as "software plus services" by Microsoft. SaaS is typically accessed by users using a thin client via a web browser.


SAP SE is one of the largest vendors of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and related enterprise applications. The company's ERP system enables its customers to run their business processes, including accounting, sales, production, human resources and finance, in an integrated environment.  Snow Optimizer for SAP Software, an SAP-certified application, provides SAP license optimization and management automation in a single integrated console.
Snow Optimizer for SAP® Software enables companies to achieve the transparency and visibility necessary to actively optimize and manage their SAP deployments. SAP licensing is complex, and a lack of insight can result in significant financial and legal liabilities, whether from direct or indirect usage, and paying for assets that are not even utilized.
The solution provides organizations with the insight and intelligence required to ensure SAP licensing is always right-sized to actual needs – both preventing unintended overspend and putting the SAP administration team in the driving seat when it comes to SAP license and contract negotiations.


System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM, also known as ConfigMgr), formerly Systems Management Server (SMS) is a systems management software product developed by Microsoft for managing large groups of computers running Windows NT, Windows Embedded, macOS (OS X), Linux or UNIX, as well as Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS and Android mobile operating systems. Configuration Manager provides remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, network access protection and hardware and software inventory.


A software development kit (SDK or devkit) is typically a set of software development tools that allows the creation of applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, video game console, operating system, or similar development platform. To enrich applications with advanced functionalities, advertisements, push notifications and more, most app developers implement specific software development kits. In Snow often referred to in rel;ation to vmWare vSphere connector as it is a required component.


Snow Device Manager brings Mobile Device Management (MDM) functionality to the enterprise and adds content and application management making it a full-fledged Enterprise Mobility Management solution (EMM). On top, combined with other Snow solutions, it adds best-in-practice SAM-functionality to handle the costs of mobile apps and hardware.


Service Integration and Management (SIAM) is an approach to managing multiple suppliers of services (business services as well as information technology services) and integrating them to provide a single business-facing IT organisation. It aims at seamlessly integrating interdependent services from various internal and external service providers into end-to-end services in order to meet business requirements


Snow Integration Connectors. The collective term for Snow Integration Manager connectors. To accelerate the speed of Software Asset Management (SAM) adoption and minimize the disruption associated with implementing a new technology, Snow makes it easy to integrate the SAM platform with existing investments such as autodiscovery tools, IT Asset Management (ITAM) solutions and Service Desks. 


A stock keeping unit (SKU) is a product and service identification code for a store or product, often portrayed as a machine-readable bar code that helps track the item for inventory. In Snow the Manufacturer SKU code can be used to import entitlement information against an application or to find the correct application when entering entitlement manually


Snow License Manager is designed to reduce the risk, cost and complexity associated with software assets and licensing. Thousands of organizations around the world rely on Snow License Manager to help them avoid overspending on software entitlements and cloud resources while ensuring that they are fully compliant with licensing rules.

Snow License Manager is the hub of Snow’s advanced Software Asset Management (SAM) platform – providing a unified view of all the software, cloud and hardware assets, license entitlements and application usage metrics.


Snow Management and Configuration Center. The main console used for the configuration of settings and behaviour of Snow License Manager and Snow Inventory.


Simple Mail Transfer Protocol is an Internet standard for electronic mail transmission. First defined by RFC 821 in 1982, it was last updated in 2008 with Extended SMTP additions by RFC 5321, which is the protocol in widespread use today. In SMACC the SMTP server is configured to enable manual and automated reports and alerts sending


The Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) is for service providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) who want to license the latest eligible Microsoft software products to provide software services and hosted applications to end customers


SQL, Structured Query Language) is a domain-specific language used in programming and designed for managing data held in a relational database management system (RDBMS), or for stream processing in a relational data stream management system (RDSMS). In comparison to older read/write APIs like ISAM or VSAM, SQL offers two main advantages: first, it introduced the concept of accessing many records with one single command; and second, it eliminates the need to specify how to reach a record, e.g. with or without an index. In Snow's terms SLM uses Microsoft SQL as it main databases.


Snow’s Software Recognition Service takes the legwork and guesswork out of recognizing and understanding what software applications have been installed across the multi-site, multi-platform network. The Software Recognition Service provides Snow License Manager customers with daily updates, supporting automatic recognition, normalization and categorization of more than 513,000* applications from around 80,500* software publishers. (* as of 20 December 2017).


User acceptance testing (UAT) is the last phase of the software testing process. During UAT, actual software users test the software to make sure it can handle required tasks in real-world scenarios, according to specifications. It is recommended to include the Snow Agent in the UAT process so that any new applications being tested are automatically added to the Snow Database for recognition and licensing purposes.


The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) is a taxonomy of products and services for use in eCommerce. It is a four-level hierarchy coded as an eight-digit number, with an optional fifth level adding two more digits. Snow's recognition service applies the UNSPSC coding to its applications under the application type. this can be used for optimisation and rationalisation of the software estate.


Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) is an authorization strategy that requires each device seeking access to a Windows virtual desktop in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to be licensed.  The goal of Windows Virtual Desktop Access is to simplify licensing requirements in a virtual environment by licensing the devices that seek access to virtual desktops, instead of licensing the virtual desktops themselves.


Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is virtualization technology that hosts a desktop operating system on a centralized server in a data center. VDI is a variation on the client-server computing model, sometimes referred to as server-based computing. The term was coined by VMware.




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