Software License Compliance Requires Vigilance

"Software compliance is often not a priority in an enterprise until there is a perceived risk of an audit. To determine if an enterprise has the staff and processes in place to maintain accurate license compliance, consider these questions:

* How long has it been since a meeting was held on contract compliance and asset management?
* Does the CIO know who is responsible for IT asset management?
* Are personnel trained in software license negotiation managing the technology contracts?
* Is there centralized technology procurement within the enterprise?
* How long has it been since a desktop audit was performed?
* Are asset management projects funded?
* Does the enterprise have written procedures on software procurement processes?
* Does the enterprise have written policies on software licenses that are not legally procured?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'no,' the enterprise has a high risk of noncompliance."

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