Publishers clamping down on licensing audits

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FAST auditing software asset management

Survey finds compliance top of priorities

ECM Plus – According to the 2010 FAST Customer Survey, the number of organisations that have received software audits over the last year has risen by almost 100 percent

Software asset management and compliance body FAST has taken the wraps off its findings from its 2010 FAST customer survey which shows what it calls are alarming results revealing that software audits continue to rise, and more than half – 55 percent – of respondents have been audited by a software publisher or other body in the past 12 months alone.

According to FAST, this figure has almost doubled since the 2009 FAST survey, which showed 30 percent of organisations had been audited by a software publisher or other body in 2008 to 2009.

The FAST survey revealed that two thirds of respondents (66 percent) cite “Licence Compliance”, and two fifths (42 percent) cite SAM as being extremely important to their organisation.

With the threat of being non-compliant becoming a prominent issue for IT departments it is not surprising that, “Identifying current assets and the licensing position” was ranked as the biggest challenge (55 percent) that organisations faced in relation to SAM and IT compliance, FAST said.

The survey, which also tracks customer’s adoption of the FAST Compliance Programme showed that nearly three quarters (69 percent) of respondents identified that the main reason for joining the programme was to “Understand the company licence situation”. This statistic represents a 50 percent increase from the 2009 results.

Matt Barnes, managing director at FAST said: “The survey shows that software licensing should be at the top of the senior manager’s agenda, because with so many publishers clamping down on software licensing, this is not an issue that they can afford to ignore. With many more businesses now adopting Software-as-a-Service, Cloud Computing and Virtualisation the licensing requirements of businesses are not only changing but becoming more complex. This increase reflects the message that the legal implications of being non-compliant are greater than ever.”

“The FAST Compliance Programme has a proven track record of helping UK organisations realise the benefits of software compliance and effective SAM. We can help organisations at every step of the way in implementing a rigorous IT management regime that will ensure they are software compliant. Effective SAM enables businesses’ to make significant cost savings by accurately understanding their licensing position and being aware of areas within the business that are over-licensed, and by reducing the risk of receiving hefty fines for being non-compliant.”

The 2010 FAST Ltd Customer survey also showed that 45 percent of organisations were now “Planning licensing requirements moving forward” and that 48 percent of organisations were “Focusing on being able to respond to software audits”.

FAST said that organisations were now beginning to realise the importance and the significant benefits of being software compliant – in the foreseeable future almost half (48 percent) of respondents are working towards gaining accreditation and completing the FAST Compliance Programme. The top three features of the FAST Compliance Programme were having “Access to expert knowledge” (55 percent), “Planning future asset/licensing requirements” (41 percent), and because they felt their organisation had “Poor asset inventory data” (34 percent).

Nearly three quarters (71 percent) of respondents have attended a FAST Software Management course in the past, and looking ahead, more than a third of respondents (31 percent) are interested in attending SAM training courses offered by FAST in the future.


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