We wish you a healthy and prosperous new year, in which you shall see your dreams come true!
Happy New Year!
Istocescu & Vintila wishes you a Merry Christmas!
Thank you from our hearts, Mihai !!!
We know that in the logic of every writting, the thank you notes are always the ending, but we just could not say anything about Open Air Blues Festival Brezoi without having the perfectly logical reflex to, first of all, thank the one without whom we would not have what to write about, what to remember with emotion, what to think about an entire year and why to expect the middle of July every year for…
We do not see any point in resuming our own long line of appreciation (All extremly positive!!! And rightly so!) heard live at Brezoi, red on Facebook and in the press, seen on all the faces of those who were there. It is pointless for the simple fact that, already, to praise this wonderful festival, the impeccable organisation, the artistic level etc. etc. etc. Is already redundant! But we can always be grateful!
From the very beginnig, this Festival was, first of all, a state, an emotion, a magical thing that floated in the air, filling all the existing space between the mountains, Lotru and our hearts…. This year we can say we were a bit concerned that the large number of participants could stir up the beauty of the emotions lived before in the more restricted and enthusiastic community of the first two editions, but fortunately, it was not like that…. by simply raising the community, the emotion increased without losing any feeling! This new thing changed our perspective and from our point of view thought us a great lesson: the community does not stir intimacy! Exlusivism should not conflict with the large number of participants… We can get many „special” people together and the more there are, the better it gets! Good is increased by the number of participants and not vice versa… And here is how the „romantic period” of the first two editions continues through the delicacy of sensations felt by a receptive and exponentially growing community!
Last year we mentioned that this Festival was already borned big and it growes like a beautiful Prince Charming and concerning this, our intuition was correct… We are convinced that Mihai just warmed up and has many other things in store in order to surprise us and make us happy! So, just to remind you what we said and what we will always say:
We have something in common
We recognize each other
We choose ourselves like one
Together we support and rejoice
We always rediscover ourselves
MEET YOU AT BREZOI IN 2020!
Photo credit Shades and Light, Ioan Ciobotaru, Open Air Blues Festival Brezoi – Vâlcea
We have successfully turned the first page of the “Untold story of software licenses” on Monday, 11th February 2019.
We had the chance to talk about the numerous challenges organisations face when buying software licenses, we went through the complex software license lifecycle and, lastly, introduced the Software Asset Management concept as a potential solution to reduce complexity and as an enabler for better software buying decisions.
Together with our guests we have discussed two apparently different outlooks on software asset management, one coming from the public sector and one from the private sector and while the perspective might be different, we think the challenges faced by customers are the same: complicated contractual agreements and a lack of process in effectively managing the installation and usage of software products.
We would like to thank all the participants for taking part in the conversation and sharing their thoughts and experiences related to license management!
We are looking forward to turning more pages from this story, either through similar events, articles or practical workshops.
Stay tuned for news or upcoming events!
What does SAM (Software Asset Management) mean?
Recurring errors made by companies during the process of acquiring and using software licenses resulted in the need for SAM as a way to wisely manage these assets.
The most common mistake that companies make in the process of purchasing and using a software license is to use it without reading and fully understanding the license agreement.
The first thing that needs to be understood is the very notion of a software license, and its’s “acquisition”/”purchase”, as per the license agreement, the customer does not own the software product itself, he is only granted the contingent right to make use of the software, under certain conditions.
In this regard, we exemplify with an extract from the “Microsoft License Terms”:
“The software is licensed, not sold. Under this agreement, we grant you the right to install (…) and run one instance on your device (…), for use by one person at a time, but only if you comply with all the terms of this agreement”.
Furthermore, this right to use the software product has additional responsibilities and restrictions attached, which are oftentimes misunderstood due to their high complexity.
Consequently, the process of purchasing a software license and subsequently setting up a proper management for it needs to rely on both legal and technical skills. Making use of these skills and knowledge at the time of the purchase and during the period of use limits (or avoids entirely) the financial risks to which the company may be exposed in the long run as a consequence of misinterpreting the licensing terms and/or legal the vocabulary of the usage conditions.
Purchasing is just the first part of the journey that a software license follows in a company. The flow is completed by the software license installation, usage and maintenance.
Monitoring the entire life cycle of a software license involves a series of processes and activities that define the Software Asset Management business practice.
We will discuss together more details on this subject as well as the mechanism of managing the software licenses on February 11th, starting with 6 PM, when we open, in a narrow circle, the first chapter of “SAM – The untold story of the software licenses”.
Participation in the events will be possible by invitation only.
Please express your interest in participating in these events in the future and we will be happy to send you an invitation.
Dears, we wish you a fairy tale like winter, peaceful winter celebrations and may the joy fill your souls.
The new concept „Business Off, Get Social”, part of the series of events „business and more” successfully get started, being positively received on 12th of December by the protagonists of the 1st Episode (Pilot).
Our guests, admirable peoples from various domains, abandoned in the background their businesses, for a couple of hours, and mingled accompanied by prosecco and cakes, under the guidance of our producer Mrs. Adriana Slav, founder of Smiling Life Coach.
The concept BOGS is more than a networking event, each sesion, out of the multiple we contemplate, trigging one chapter of informal conversations about passions and challenges we desire to share.
The topic of the first session was “Networking Etiquette” and the event has been chaired by two house guests: Mr. Cătălin Grosu, our guest of honour, the President of the Romanina Association for Protocol and Ceremony and Mr. Adrian Murariu, etiquette trainer and co-founder of Etiquette Training.
The exposure has been focused on subjects related to business etiquette, interactively presented and melted with practical illustrations.
The feed-back was positive and incentive, thus beyond the shadow of a doubt, up-coming events shall be hosted by us and chaired by our producer, Mrs. Adriana Slav, representative and founder of Smiling Life Coach, an extremely qualified and smiling fellow in the middle of the business world, so greedy of such figures.
We are await for your suggestions for the next topic and we swear out to keep the same insight: “Nothing formal. No strings attached”. Merely an inducement addressed to our guests by the hosts: “Business Off, Get Social!”.
As you became accustomed, Istocescu&Vintilă carries on the serial of events „business and more”, introducing a new concept: „Business off, Get social”
1st Episode (pilot) – 12th of December 2018, 18.00 PM.
For a couple of hours, our guests shall hang their businesses on nail and change the business outfits with casual outfits, all adjusted with prosecco and cakes.
The scope of the 1st out of multiple sessions we desire for, is „ Let’s networking as far as we can”! Between shaking of hands, tinkle of glasses and tasting of cakes, we will tap small topics related to Networking Etiquette with the assistance of the attending specialists, Mr. Cătălin Grosu, President of Romanian Association for Protocol and Ceremony and Mr. Adrian Murariu, Etiquette trainer and co-founder of the Project Etiquette Training.
The producer of the event shall be Mrs Adriana Slav, founder of Smiling Life Coach, with highly communication experience (inter and intra institutional, social and cultural assorted environments), who shall be held responsible for the cheerfulness of the event.
The admission to the event is granted by „Smiling face”.
Participation by invitation only. Please express your interest for the attendance to the 1st and following events and we will be pleased to send you the invitation.
The centenary celebration of the Great Unification is pure emotion for any Romanian soul. Great Romania exists and we have a unified identity under a sole flag starting 1 December 1918! We do believe that the transformation of Romania for the better happens when each of us, common people, engages to accomplish a long term joint vision of progress and general good. The propulsion for the centuries to come relies on the creativity, dedication, intelligence, tolerance, humbleness, the higher purpose and the patriotism of each Romanian. Trust and faith for a better Romania!
We are celebrating this special national event by marking an anniversary display on our website.
Thursday, 4th October, Istocescu&Vintila organized the 3rd edition of the event series ‘5 O’Clock Pulse’ which was focused on a hot impact theme – Intellectual Capital.
We intended and announced from the very beginning that this event is meant to be the kick-off meeting to aggregate a community empowered to act in synergy for the development of opportunities to extract value from the Romanian intellectual capital.
We have witnessed with great satisfaction that the reactions of participants to the provocative theme have been very positive and engaging, with coherent views enclined towards pragmatic actions. Given the ideas shared, we consider that the event has been a real success and an encouragement to continue the path from debates to the materialization of projects through a working format to be agreed soon.
We declare our full availability to support, facilitate and integrate this initiative and to be directly and actively involved to achieve the goals to be jointly set.
We would be happy to increase the number of persons interested to be involved in this project to promote the Romanian Intellectual Capital and therefore are totally open to those willing to join, even if not present at the event of 4th October.
Intellectual Capital – the winning bet for Romania
5 O’Clock Pulse continues with its 3rd edition, even wider and more provocative!
Could development of innovation and business in Intellectual Capital become a priority for Romania?
We believe in a positive answer and, to this purpose, we have decided to get together in a group of forward-thinking entrepreneurs who intend to use this opportunity to kick off the setting up of a community focused to jointly act to develop and extract value from the Romanian Intellectual Capital.
We launch the invitation and call for you to be active part of a momentum which can radically change our business and personal lives in Romania, and not only.
We would be happy to welcome you to take together the pulse of our times during this special events formula – limited and selective edition, designed and powered by Istocescu&Vintilă－Business Lawyers.
Kindly confirm your participation as indicated in the invitation.