It’s time to get your Dream team sorted! SAM Club Kickers league 2019-20

The Premier League starts on Friday 9th August, it’s time to start thinking about your dream team as we launch the SAM Club Kickers Premier Fantasy league for 2019-20.

Who’s going to stop Manchester City from winning the Premier League for the third successive season? Who can stop Jonathan Bush from wining the SAM Club fantasy league for the third successive season?

Here he is with his two trophies that he has won over the last 2 seasons.

SAM Club Fantasy Premier league winner 2018-19

If you took part last year, get involved again. Using your login from last year you will automatically be added to this year’s competition: Re-join the SAM Club Kickers Fantasy League

If you are new to the league – sign yourself up! You don’t want to miss out on the action. Joining the league couldn’t be easier. Simply use this link and add the league code 1bafm7Join the SAM club Kickers Fantasy League

Enjoy the game!

SAM Club Merry Christmas and a look back on the year – 2018

Merry Christmas - SAM Club 2018 update
Well the year is winding down, less than a week until Christmas. So, we thought we would do a roundup of the SAM Club’s year.

We have had a year of growth and are very excited for what 2019 will bring.

Some of our achievements:

• Increased our client base by 25%

• For 15% of our clients, we have assisted with and completed sign off for a Microsoft Compliance Review

• Worked with 28% of our clients on their Microsoft Enterprise Agreements – reviewing their installations, discussing their future requirements and advising on ideas / solutions. Including completely relicensing SQL Servers for 2 clients which resulted in large cost savings for them

In April we opened our new office at Kings Court, Stevenage. It’s a managed office with great facilities and services that we love working in. To coincide with the new office, we expanded our team to include our new Business Support Assistant, Neeley Casserly – who is helping to keep our clients’ licensing and SAM Workbooks up to date.

Some of our improved business processes:

• Implemented an online accounts system for the SAM Club

• We have now made the SAM Workbooks accessible via a link. So our clients can always see the latest version of their workbook in real time

• Installed Webroot to secure our laptops

• GDPR – as everyone had to tackle this year, we climbed the GDPR mountain, researched and implemented the required processes to ensure we are compliant

We have written more blog articles, providing our clients with regular updates on product lifecycles, new product releases, licensing changes and some great licensing tips. There will be more to come next year, and we have had some great feedback on the topics covered so far. Suggestions are always welcome.

Thank you to all our clients and partners, old and new for 2018. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you all, for what will be a great 2019!

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Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop End of Life

Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop versions 7.0 to 7.13 went End of Life on 30th June 2018 and Version 7.14 is scheduled to go End of Life on 27th December 2018.

Software Asset Management - Citrix Xenapp

End of Life means that technical support and product downloads are no longer available and technical support for issues is limited to information contained in the Citrix Knowledge Center and Support Forums.

So, if you are running earlier versions it’s recommended that you upgrade to the latest version, which is version 7.18.

The Citrix blog says it’s the hottest release of the Summer because they have dedicated this release to improving the overall experience for both user and the IT admin. There are some functionality enhancements for the user and monitoring and reporting enhancements for the IT Admin. If you are considering upgrading have a look the free step by step guide to Citrix XenApp Upgrade and Migration here.

The SAM Club can help check that you have active support and maintenance cover to enable you to upgrade.

Also, we offer a full Health Check on your MyCitrix Licensing Portal. If you have a Service Contract with The SAM Club, then this is included as part of your service agreement so get in touch to find out more.

End of Life dates on all Citrix products/versions can be found here.

Look out for our next Citrix blog article that will cover changes to Citrix’s policies for late/overdue support and maintenance renewals.