✊✊ – Software License Audit are you compliant?

✊✊ – Software License Audit are you compliant?

Florence Court · June 10th 2019

Software License Audits are a nightmare, any of you reading this and who have had the misfortune of going through one will agree. Once the vendors get a sniff that you might have software compliance issues they will swarm in and look for whatever money they can extract from you (oh and do rest assured that the vendors back date any non-compliance to at least 2 years). The question we keep getting asked is “OK, so how do you make the audit less of an ordeal? and can you avoid the audit altogether?”. It’s a great question, So what is the answer?

The first thing to do is to start considering your options i) are you going to do something about the fears you have or ii) are you going to wait for the vendor to start knocking on your door?

In our experience the best course of action is not to allow yourself to get overwhelmed by the size of the task at hand or the risk that might be associated with it. It is easy to panic, and focus on other things, but all the time you distance yourself from what you don’t know the higher the chances are that bad news is on the horizon. You have to remain calm and you have to think about which products present the most risk both in terms of business continuity and size of potential shortfall. One thing is for sure, you cannot manage every vendor and product at the same time.

At SAMcraft we work with our customers to do simple independent risk assessments, these assessments look at what risks and vulnerabilities there could be on your estate, the likelihood of audit and the work effort involved in correcting any shortfalls.

This process allows you to step back and let an independent team come in and perform an assessment on what is best for you and not what is best for the vendor and their sales teams commissions. If you would like to know more about how SAMcraft can help you with Software Asset Management and Software License Audits then email nofear@samcraft.co.uk

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