It isn’t too late to mitigate compliance audit risk
One of the most requested services from BLC clients is assistance with how to conduct a software audit. Software is an essential component of all business operations; yet, many companies do not have an effective software asset management practice. Unfortunately, most companies lack rudimentary understanding of their software ownership or deployment and are unprepared for a software audit.
When audited by a software vendor, it can be financially devastating if a company is unable to confirm license ownership or definitively specify the deployment strategy and footprint. A poor or missing software asset management practice almost always results in over-deployment and increased exposure.
Un-vetted cooperation with auditors regarding the requested information can result in sharing inaccurate, unnecessary, or even confidential information. Auditors, in nearly every BLC case study, reach invalid conclusions that inflate compliance violations.
It isn’t too late to mitigate compliance audit risk. To effectively manage software compliance companies must gather and analyze information regarding product usage, deployment, and entitlement. Choices will need to be made regarding the most effective way to allocate software licenses. When necessary, additional entitlement of the correct type will need to be purchased.