It isn’t too late to mitigate compliance audit risk
The two most requested services from BLC are Software Compliance Review and Audit Defense. Software is an essential component of all business operations; yet, many companies do not have an effective software asset management practice. In fact, most companies lack even a rudimentary understanding of their software ownership or deployment and are unprepared for a software audit.
Reliance on typical software discovery tools can create a false understanding of deployments and compliance. These tools provide an incomplete view of deployment and license entitlement. Un-vetted cooperation with auditors can result in sharing inaccurate, unnecessary, or even confidential information. Auditors, in nearly every BLC case study, reach invalid conclusions that inflate compliance violations.
A software audit is financially devastating when the customer 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 unnecessary expense related to over-deployment and increased exposure.
It isn’t too late to mitigate compliance audit risk. To effectively manage software compliance companies must employ a process-oriented approach, which includes :
- Gathering and analyzing information regarding product usage, deployment, and entitlement on a routine basis
- Determining the most optimal usage of existing licenses based on licensing rules and environments that are constantly changing
- Making appropriate choices regarding the most effective way deploy, decommission and re-allocate software licenses
- Purchasing additional license entitlement, if needed