Protecting Enterprises Against Software Audit Risks

Principal Jonathon Shaw authored this article about the steps enterprises need to take to avoid the risks associated with software audits. Sample excerpt: “Today’s IT environments utilize enterprise applications in ways that have evolved beyond those envisaged by legacy license agreements. Multi-core and multi-thread processor architectures and data center virtualization have made CPU and server-based licensing schemes substantially more complex. Tightly integrated application architectures and information portals blur the definition of direct and indirect users. And developments such as globalization, shared service centers and business process outsourcing each risk contravening license restrictions. These factors make it more challenging to remain compliant with license terms; even an IDC survey showed that 62 percent of software providers considered maintaining compliance with their software products to be 'somewhat' or 'very' challenging…”

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