Gartner Research

Surviving an HP Software Audit

Published: 20 March 2014

ID: G00260000

Analyst(s): Joseph Neapolitan, Victoria Barber

Summary

Most organizations' relationship with HP is focused on hardware purchases or services, rather than on software. A lack of detailed software records around license terms and metrics can make HP audits stressful and expensive, so software asset managers must prepare carefully.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Check Your Contracts to Determine Audit Rights
    • Should You Allow Third-Party Auditors?
  • Use Your Established Audit Governance and Processes
    • Cooperation Can Minimize Operational Impact
  • Check Your Entitlement Records
    • Check Contracts for Hyperlinks
  • Take These Actions to Manage and Prove Compliance
  • What to Expect When Resolving Compliance Issues
    • Audit Penalties

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