Top 5 ‘Blind Spots’ for CIOs
1 - Cloudy outlook
Businesses today run many of their applications in the cloud. However, they will often find that licensing agreements for applications were written with the on-premise world in mind. Businesses need visibility of how moving their applications from on-premise to cloud will impact agreements.
2 - Finding what can’t be found
During an audit, devices may be turned off, may lack network access, or may be isolated or restricted due the presence of sensitive information. Identifying every device or software instance in such scenarios, especially where devices are regularly taken off-premises, can be very challenging.
3 - Bring-your-own license
Employee-owned devices may not afford access rights for audit purposes. But what if your staff uses their own device or installs software for work purposes? Businesses often struggle to gain access to personal devices to perform an audit, while still respecting the individual’s privacy.
4 - No such thing as free
There’s no shortage of ‘free’ software available for employees to download with a few clicks. However, an online service may only be free when used for personal use, but the company becomes liable for a license if it is used for business purposes.
5 - Check what you can’t see
When surrounded by smart devices, it’s easy to overlook the basics. For example, a Unified Communication platform. Are you licensed for the correct number of users using your VoIP system? Often lacking a user interface, such devices are easy to overlook.