Surviving a Software Audit

Archived Published: 20 March 2013 ID: G00249117


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A dramatic rise in software vendor compliance activity is costing organizations time and money. Software asset managers who can distinguish a true audit from revenue-generating vendor activities can minimize cost and risks by properly identifying, classifying and managing software audits.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • Poorly negotiated audit and compliance verification clauses in software contracts and license agreements can result in costly compliance payments
    • Vendor-initiated license or SAM optimization exercises may distract from the fact that compliance assessment, remediation and revenue generation are key parts of these activities
    • Self-audits typically carry lower resource overheads than third-party audits, but organizations often apply less rigor to the process
    • Third-party audit requests may be perceived as a regulatory audit which is rarely the case
    • Conclusion
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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