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Software Licensing: Move From Defense To Offense
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D. Henschen
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9/4/2014 | 9:00:57 PM
Re: Software Licensing
Thanks for your comments. I did mention that the audit-in-the-last-two-years figure is even higher, 40%, for companies with more than 500 employees. I've seen studies from Flexera and Express Metrix with even higher figures for larger companies, but we didn't break out a higher split in our study.
D. Henschen
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9/3/2014 | 8:32:42 AM
Aspera is an independent company, not affiliated with IBM
Thanks for catching that stray "IBM." Beaupoil's quote addressed a prominent IBM licensing product, but his company, Aspera, is not affiliated with IBM. The reference was corrected accordingly.
Charlie Babcock
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9/2/2014 | 4:53:27 PM
How big are those vendor audit staffs?
Yes, the best defense is a good offense, especially for the mid-sized companies that don't have large IT staffs. I am surprised that 37% of companies surveyed have been audited in the last 24 months. The software vendors are investing heavily in auditing customers.
D. Henschen
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9/2/2014 | 10:25:55 AM
Best defense is a good offense...
Midsize and larger companies deal with hundreds of software titles, and between different locations and business units, there's no way you can keep track of it all with spreadsheets and paper files. License-management and sofware-license-optimization software can help, but you'll also need policies and procedures to ensure that you're licensing only the sofware that you need and that you're getting every discount you deserve.


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