ClearEdge Partners | Compliance

COMPLIANCE

THE CHALLENGE

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.

PROGRAM SERVICES

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 &

OPTIMIZATION

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 

SELF

AUDIT

Reduce potential exposure prior to an audit and understand renewal demand. 

  • Review entitlements and deployment

  • Scan environment for additional data

  • Identify dependencies

  • Recommend steps to reduce exposure

AUDIT DEFENSE

& RESPONSE

Reduce the financial liability from an audit currently in progress.

  • Build response plan

  • Manage data flow & communication

  • Challenge findings & assumptions

  • Negotiate a favorable close

Need Our Assistance?

If you're under the threat of an audit or want to stress test your SAM program before a potentially costly audit, contact us today.

WANT TO LEARN MORE? 

Download an Software Audit Resource Guide Below

TOP 7

AUDIT CHALLENGES

Top 7

Limitations of SAM Tools