Many of the leading companies in the world proactively conduct internal software audits, either to ensure they are compliant or to use that data to assist in Software Negotiations and contract renewals. This practice keeps costs low and negates surprise true up bills when it comes time to renegoitiate.
MetrixData 360 Offers a Self-Assessment service that mirrors the processes that are run by the vendors or the auditors themselves. We create Estimated License Positions (ELPs) that show you what the auditors will find and then teach you the legal licensing methods to decrease any license deltas that are found.
Don’t forget that auditors’ jobs are to be conservative, so if you are lacking data to create a position or cannot defend your position, they will apply the rules in favor of the software vendor & not you.
Our job is to teach you how to use your data to your advantage to decrease the number of licenses you require, while staying compliant with the terms and conditions of your contract. MetrixData 360 shines at taking complex software inventory data and making it into useful information for you.
Even so, there are opportunity costs (not to mention extreme frustration) to having your expensive internal resources focus on such an outward activity. All the hours they spend sorting, organizing, collecting data, and then painstakingly dealing with the auditors is time that they are not performing their primary job. Below is a small list of challenges that you may face in dealing with an audit:
This is just a small sample of the things that may prove challenging during a software audit.