A Defense Against Software Audits is Needed
Software audits disrupt operations, consume resources and can result in massive, unbudgeted financial exposure. Audits are a central component of supplier sales strategies, often used to drive revenue, gain visibility into product use, and push organizations to adopt new product.
A Team of Experienced Former Software Auditors
ClearEdge’s team of former software auditors helps organizations protect themselves from the same tactics they used in their previous profession by advising on the best practices in software audit response, validation, and negotiation.
How ClearEdge Can Help You Build a Defense
Against Software Audits
Build a Software
Know exactly how you should respond to an audit notification to give your organization enough time to create a strategic audit defense plan.
Challenge Software Audit Findings & Assumptions
Software audit findings commonly contain errors or extrapolations that are not accurate. ClearEdge can help validate findings and refute audit assumptions.
Manage Data Flow &
Communication with Software Publisher
Learn how to control the information provided
to software publishers or their third-party
auditors to limit compliance findings
Software Audit Close
Every software audit is a negotiation. ClearEdge can assist in reducing fees owed for an audit or generate favorable outcomes by leveraging other software-related spend with the publisher.
What Triggers a Software Audit?
There are many reasons for software audits, some that you can control and others you can not. Based on our Software Asset Management team’s expertise as former software auditors, we’ve identified six of the most common situations that can trigger an audit:
Merger and Acquisition Activity
Late Certification or True-Ups
Software Deployment Information Leaks
Quotas & Revenue Recovery
Software Audit Defense
Defend Against Software Compliance Penalties
Audits are used by software publishers 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. Organizations must protect themselves from these practices by understanding their own SAM programs, licenses, deployment and entitlements, and learn how to fight back.
Who are the Most Frequent Software Auditors?
The Top Challenges
in a Software Audit Guide
The best defense against an audit is preparation. Understanding the tactics that vendors and auditors deploy will put you ahead of the curve during an audit to identify risk and maximize optimization opportunities.
Request a Proposal for Our
Software Audit Defense &
ClearEdge can help you respond to audit notification with a team of former auditors on your side to protect against and refute findings. If you are interested in learning more about our Software Audit Defense and Response Services or want to request a proposal, fill out our contact form.