Software audits disrupt operations, consume resources and can result in massive, unbudgeted financial exposure. Even as organizations invest in the people, process and technology to track and manage their entitlement and deployment data, Software Asset Management (SAM) programs often fail to protect organizations from frequent and aggressive supplier audits.
Audits are a central component of supplier sales strategies. Audits are used to drive revenue, gain visibility into product use, and to push organizations to adopt new products or cloud solutions as a way to address compliance issues. Clients must protect themselves from these practices by understanding their own SAM programs, licenses, deployment and entitlements, and learn how to fight back.
Our services help clients deal with these behaviors from all software publishers including Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Quest, MicroFocus, SAP and many more.
Clients exhibit a wide range of observed SAM and Audit Response maturity, which greatly affects exposure and costs when dealing with supplier audits. Few clients use best practices to manage their software licenses and the audit process. ClearEdge’s Compliance Program partners with clients to execute on the following:
SAM ASSESSMENT &
Build plan of action to reduce risk and improve current SAM Program.
Document current SAM Program
Identify gaps and training needs
Recommend action plan & roadmap
Develop SAM governance structure
Reduce potential exposure prior to an audit and understand renewal demand.
Review entitlements and deployment
Scan environment for additional data
Recommend steps to reduce exposure
Reduce the financial liability from an audit currently in progress.
Build response plan
Manage data flow & communication
Challenge findings & assumptions
Negotiate a favorable close