Probably many of you realized so far that software audits are not a walk in the park. They sometimes come unexpected, at least if you are not prepared. The 4 major software publishers – Oracle, IBM, SAP and Microsoft – well known for their audit practices, have included in their end user license agreements an audit clause. But how many of you really understand this clause correctly?
The fact is that you may be audited every 12 months for various reasons. An audit can cause a lot of stress and financial risks for your company. Why is it so difficult to navigate a software audit? Because many companies are trying to do everything internally, and don’t know what they don’t know. This typically creates even more risk and frustration. Not to mention the wasted time and resources. To get an idea of how bad this can be, you can read our previous article on “The real costs of a software audit”.
Fortunately, the alternative is very easy: you can have support and even obtain some benefits at the end of an audit. In this article, we will explain why it’s important to ask for help before the damage is done.
There are various types of support you can ask for: before, during or even after a software audit. But when would it be best to do? Timing is crucial, since once the audit letter lands on your desk, you may already be a bit too late and the clock is ticking. Generally, prevention is key.
Our independent experts can offer you the advantage of being prepared well long before the auditors knock at your door. We will explain below how this works in practice and what you should expect.