Being served an audit notice can certainly be alarming. However, if you’ve taken the necessary steps to make sure your organization is compliant, then it will be less resource intensive, and ultimately provide financial security.
Internal software audits are important to conduct on a regular schedule, perhaps once or twice a year or whatever is best for your business cycle. Regular audits help minimize security, legal, and operational risks associated with licensing software. SoftwareONE can assist your company with both an identifying SAM Maturity Assessment and a software compliance assessment that identifies risks and provide action plans.
There may also be a reason for concern if you are not being audited, with particular emphasis on the software that is being utilized in the cloud. Our experience is that most companies do not have the right tools to manage their cloud spend with regards to visibility of where the consumption is being used from within the business, but also to allow for accurate future forecasting. SoftwareONE has assisted many companies to have access to this data, eliminating the cloud risk of significant overspend, resulting in wasted budget.
The advice as always is to be proactive. Take the time to understand your entitlement, your on-premises deployments, and your cloud consumption. A small investment here can pay dividends with a rapid and expansive return on investment.