Trends Report

Software Audits: The Pain, The Shame, And The Gain

If You Haven't Been Audited Yet, Chances Are You Will Be Soon — So Be Prepared

August 29th, 2013
With contributors:
Christopher Andrews , Ben Jennings

Summary

Forrester sees a growing list of clients that find themselves forced to pay out for noncompliance. It seems that software audits are causing increasing pain as organizations struggle to keep abreast of licensing issues related to technology changes such as virtualization, cloud, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and the increasing demand for mobile access. There's a simple truth behind the auditing issues we see: If you don't monitor and manage your software estate, audits can become financial embarrassments. This report examines the reasons behind the recent steep ramp in audit activity and some of the steps you can take to stay compliant.

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