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Principal Analyst, Founder, Chairman at Constellation Research, best selling author of several books with Harvard Business Review Press. Previously Founding Partner at Altimeter Group, VP at Forrester Research, and held Exce. positions at Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young. Regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and well quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC TV, Reuters, IDG News Service. Ray has thrice won the prestigious Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) Analyst of the Year Award.

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.