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Prepare Now to Minimize the Financial Risk of IBM Software Audits With Gartner’s C5 Methodology

Published: 05 September 2018

ID: G00360528

Analyst(s): Rob Schafer, Christopher Dixon, Jo Ann Rosenberger


IBM software audits are an unavoidable, often expensive activity for customers. C5 provides sourcing, procurement and vendor management leaders a customized IBM-specific methodology to proactively prepare for audits, control audits and minimize noncompliance penalties.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges
  • Recommendation



  • Create and Test a Tailored, IBM-Specific Audit Readiness Kit
    • C1: Create an Audit Management Process
    • C2: Customize an Audit-Specific NDA
    • C3: Count Your Organization’s PVUs
    • C4: Clarify the Audit Scope
    • C5: Control Your Audit and Auditor

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