Software management expert Kim Grythe in an exclusive interview with The Oslo Times
Kim Grythe is the organizer of Software Asset Management Conference in Norway. Grythe is also the Sales Manager xSP of Crayon, which organised the conference. He is an expert at optimizing client ROI from complex technology.
Crayon are the global leaders in software asset management (SAM), cloud and volume licensing and associated consulting services and are trusted advisors to many of the globe’s leading organisations. Crayon Group of Norway handles software licensing for global players such as Microsoft, VMware, and Oracle.
Grythe in an exclusive interview with The Oslo Times International News Network’s Editor-in Chief, Hatef Mokhtar, spoke about the objectives of the conference and importance of software in the global market.
Excerpts below give us an insight into the interesting talk that followed:
Welcome to the Oslo Times International News Network, it is a pleasure to have you with us today.Before we start could you tell our readers a little about yourself as well as this conference?
I am Kim Grythe and I have organized this conference. This is an annual conference, which began six years ago. Previously we only had Norwegian participants. However, over the last few years it has been transformed into a Nordic conference, with participants from Sweden, Finland, and Denmark attending the conference. This year we made it a global conference. This year, we have participants from across the World particularly from France, Arab countries, and the UK.
What would you say is the objective of this conference?
The objective of the conference is to display products of Microsoft, Citrix, and Vimer in front of our partners to keep them updated regarding the products. These companies have installed their booths to catch the eyes of the visitors.
They speak to our partners about their products. Our job is to bridge the two—the companies and the buyers, but the buyers are not individuals who come to buy a software or two for personal use rather they are dealers.
May I ask you about security, for instance what is the major challenge faced by cloud servers? Many web users also tend to complain that there is no privacy on the internet. What do you have to say about this?
I don’t think that most users are aware about online security problems as they don’t think about security at their homes and even also in enterprises. I think people should think – more about online security.
Also, I think the cloud services that the companies like Microsoft and others are providing are pretty safe, However, none are absolutely safe especially if a hacker wants to hack a cloud, yes they can do it. The people present at the conference today are aware of the security threats. We also have with us producers of different security software, talking about security issues in every session.
Norway is – pretty much in the frontline of implementing new cloud technologies and new software. Therefore we are a pretty mature country in this field as compared to other countries in Europe and the World. So we – are ready to embrace the cloud services being provided by both the service providers attending this conference and also the public clouds that the companies provide.
I personally feel that cloud services will turn out to have more powerful hold and I think cloud is the future of IT.
Do you have a message you would like to give to internet users who are always on the World Wide Web?
They should think about what they do while using internet., They should not upload everything on to the social media because things on social media and on internet will stay with people for a long time or forever, therefore I don’t recommend -putting everything on the internet, even private photos (considered to be safe and secure by users) are not beyond accessibility. Users must think about online security because there are outnumbering hackers who want to do bad things. Though, private individuals are not their targets as usually – their target is websites and service providers. And hackers have already started getting on the nerves of software companies and internet service providers.
My last question is how many companies participated in the conference?
I think about 90 companies are present here and we have had about 120 participants from across the World, mainly from Norway because this is the first time it has been made global but yeah we do have participants from different parts of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
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