I recently interviewed Alan Swahn, VP of Product Management at Flexera Software. We discussed IBM Licensing and the IBM audit program.
Q. Why IBM? Shouldn’t companies spend more time focusing on Microsoft, Adobe or Oracle audit compliance?
Many of IBM’s customers are facing significant software audit risk, as IBM has implemented a comprehensive audit program. IBM has undertaken what may be the most comprehensive software audit program in history. Performed by Deloitte LLP, these audits drive compensation for any unlicensed software discovered and back maintenance for previous years. According to a recent Gartner survey, software audits are increasing. (Gartner, Survey Analysis: Survey Shows Another Increase in Software Vendor Audits? IT Asset Managers Should Prepare Now, 2 March 2011)
The Gartner survey of 144 respondents attending Gartner’s IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit indicated that 61% have been audited by at least one software vendor in the past 12 months. This is the highest percentage of any comparable survey. In 2009 the percentage was 54%; in the prior three years it was between 30% and 35%. The vendors listed as carrying out the highest number of audits were... Continue reading