Software Asset Management (SAM): Benefits Beyond the Software Audit

A Software Audit Looms in Your Future

If you are increasingly anxious about software audits, you have good reason to be concerned: midsize and large organizations can expect at least one software audit during the next 12 months, according to Gartner Research. Software companies have made it their business to collect on revenue losses from unlicensed software, and they act with backing from government copyright laws, which permit stiff fines well in excess of actual damages for the use of unlicensed software. And the software vendors aren’t the only ones looking to capitalize on patent infringements. Disgruntled insiders within your organization now have incentives to make online noncompliance claims through the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which offers up to a $1 million reward for a qualifying report of license non-compliance.