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CEO & Principal Analyst of Constellation Research, Inc. , previously a founding partner at Altimeter Group where he led the Enterprise Strategy team.  Ray authors the  popular enterprise software blog "A Software Insider's Point of View"., and his point of view is frequently sought by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Inc., The Associated Press, CIO Magazine, Information Week, ComputerWorld, Financial Times, eWeek, CRM Magazine, IDG News, ZDNet, TechTarget, and Managing Automation. In both 2008 and 2009, Ray was recognized by the prestigious Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) as the Analyst of the Year and in 2009 he was recognized as one of the most important analysts for Enteprise, SMB, and Software.

One response to “Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Pesky Software Licensing Audits”

  1. Amelia@ IT Management

    This is where the practicality of 3rd party IT management software / tools come in handy. Not complying to vendor software auditing is both painful and costly. Remember one incident back in 2008? It involved Dynamic Systems Inc. (the user) and Autodesk Inc. (the vendor).

    The former company was fined approximately $100,000 by the latter because the software auditing system found out that Dynamic Systems is running unlicensed Autocad-based programs. And it was again penalized for $10,000 for its illegal use of Microsoft Exchange.

    Dynamic Systems is not alone. Others include Take Bickel Underwood Corp (fined with $73,300) and Payless ShoeSource ($124,000).

    My point is, 3rd party IT management software / tools are not only process-efficient, it’s also practical. It can help you run your business more effectively without the hassle and bustle of IT compliance.