How to Mitigate Software Compliance Risks

In this contributed article, Jonathan Shaw, Ph.D., discusses the upswing in software audits and how organizations can protect themselves from this growing area of risk. Sample excerpt: “In today’s business and IT environments, enterprise applications are deployed and used in ways beyond those envisioned by legacy license agreements. Global expansion, shared service centers and data center consolidation may contravene geographically restricted use rights. Business process outsourcing can run afoul of limitations on third-party use. Integrated application architectures, portals and extranets blur delineation between direct and indirect users. Multicore and multithread processors and data center virtualization have made CPU- and server-based licensing schemes substantially more complex…”