We have seen manufacturers increase the number of audits they require in recent years, in some cases we have seen customers audited more than once within 12 months.
With this some customers feel they are getting a raw deal and feel that the manufacturers are doing this just to make more money and it is certainly a view in which we sympathise with. Licensing schemes these days do tend to be very complex and are also subject to change at any time. Businesses without an IT department or external IT company can find it challenging to stay up to date with the licensing schemes and the rules that software vendors adopt worldwide.
However, there are also benefits that a software asset management audit can bring and therefore although it may seem a money making process for the vendors, it can also help reduce a business’s expenditure on software licences. In fact Garner historically suggested that some businesses can reduce their spend on software by up to 30%.
At the end of day, it’s true that software asset management takes time and effort, but the pay back is well worth it.
With an IT support team by your side, your business can ensure that you’re licensing positions complies with all the rules and regulations.
And that’s where AME come in. Our goal is to bring transparency and control to the business of consuming and licensing software, enabling businesses to optimise the availability and cost of software whilst reducing compliance risks.
Contact our licensing specialists today for advice and support on Software audits.