Gartner Information Technology Research

Don’t Underestimate the Total Cost of a Software Audit

Published: 27 February 2020

ID: G00464729

Analyst(s): Christopher Dixon , Tobi Bet , Yanni Karalis


Many sourcing, procurement and vendor management leaders consider only the size of the software audit settlement when determining how successful a software audit was. However, capturing the many other impacts accurately will support the case for license compliance and audit management controls.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Make Software Compliance Programs a Priority Now


  • Prioritize Critical Software Vendors and Document Their Contractual Noncompliance Repercussions
  • Build and Test a Software Audit Management Process With Roles for Your Riskiest Software Vendors
    • Be Proactive in Testing Your Audit Management Process
  • Use Software Audit Settlement Fund for Expected Software Audit Settlements

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