Software Audits Consume Time and Resources

By Dennis McCafferty
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    53% of survey participants have worked for an organization that has been audited by a software vendor or industry trade group—34% of them in the last six months.

Beware of the dreaded software audit: Preparing for one seems to take forever, and the process of conducting the audit takes even longer, according to a recent survey from Express Metrix. What's more, a significant number of organizations have to pay tens of thousands of dollars—and sometimes a lot more---once an audit concludes. A big part of the problem is that software agreements have grown too intricate to figure out, respondents say. Investing in IT asset management tools is one way to avoid this perennial pain point, as these tools help technology organizations stay on top of software usage, among other benefits. It's also important for IT professionals to understand how common software audits really are, in addition to the extent of their potential impact on the targeted enterprises, according to Express Metrix CEO Kris Barker. "This [information] allows organizations to reflect on their own situations, anticipate their risks and adjust their license management strategies accordingly," he says. Approximately 180 IT professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-02-04
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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