Stark reminder not to ignore software compliance

As a vendor of software license management solutions, we prefer to focus on the positives of SAM, helping organizations understand how to make substantial cost savings by optimizing volume licensing agreements, re-harvesting unused applications and more.

But news this week that a UK safety firm has been forced to pay the Business Software Alliance (BSA) nearly £100,000 (US $160,550) for using unlicensed copies of software from Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft and Symantec brings into sharp focus the need to exercise vigilance when it comes to managing license compliance.

In this case, the firm claimed that the licensing confusion had arisen following an acquisition. However, as the scale of the cost demonstrates, business disruption is no excuse for losing control of software licenses. Organizations should include software licensing as a key component of any merger or acquisition activities.

So it’s worth remembering that software license management is a two-sided coin. On the one side you need to manage the risk of spending too much on licensing, wasting precious budget. But as this week’s news shows, the other side of the coin is the need to manage risk of a compliance failure, which can be expensive, unplanned and ultimately damaging to the organization’s reputation and business operations.

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Ben Eagling

Ben Eagling

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