Software Audit Defense & Response Services

Protect and Fight Back Against a Current Software Audit

Software Audit Defense & Response Services

Protect and Fight Back Against a Current Software Audit

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.

 

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
Response Plan

Know exactly how you should respond to an
audit notification to give your organization
enough time to create a strategic audit
defense plan.

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
and exposure.

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.

Negotiate Favorable
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

New CIO

Software Deployment Information Leaks

Late Certification or True-Ups

Reduced Spending

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?

Microsoft

VMWare

PTC

Redhat

Oracle

Tableau

Microfocus

Informatica

IBM

Opentext

Cisco

Citrix

SAP

Coral

Autodesk

Tibco

Quest

Mathworks

Adobe

Veritas

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 & Response Services

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.