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Two Upcoming Webinars – Microsoft and Oracle Live Q&As – Sign up now!

Mar 03 2014: Published by under Microsoft,Microsoft Licensing Compliance,Microsoft Licensing Tip,Microsoft Software Assurance,Microsoft Windows,Microsoft: News You Can Use,Miro News,Oracle license,Oracle Licensing Compliance,Oracle Licensing Tip,Oracle: News You Can Use,Software audit,software license

Sign up today for our next two Live Q&A Webinars – and get your questions in early to ensure that we can get to them. Looking forward to “seeing” you there!

Microsoft Audits & Licensing: Live Q&A with Miro Consulting

Microsoft licensing expert, Tim Hegedus, will answer audience-submitted questions – from managing compliance and reducing risks to tips on negotiating the best vendor contract. Previous topics covered Miro’s Microsoft event included: The End of XP Support, Negotiating and re-negotiating with Microsoft, Recent licensing changes and their effects on SLAs, Understanding volume licensing programs, Virtualization and licensing, How cloud computing will change the licensing landscape, Switching to Office 365, Software Assurance and what it means for you and SQL Server licensing.

March 11th @ 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Register here: bit.ly/1gVuEm5

Demystifying Oracle Audit & Licensing Complexities: Live Q&A with Miro Consulting

Are you interested in learning more about Oracle licensing? Have questions specific to an Oracle audit? Here’s your chance. For 30 minutes, Oracle licensing expert – Eliot Arlo Colon of Miro Consulting – will answer specific questions on Oracle licensing – from managing compliance, reducing risks, to tips on negotiating the best vendor contract.

Some topics that may be addressed include: changes in licensing, pre-planning for Oracle procurement, concerns over vendor audits, compliance issues, best practices for software asset management and concerns over the changing dynamic environment from mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to divestitures

March 18th @ 1:00 PM ET

Register here: http://bit.ly/1a6LgoS

 

IBM Joins BSA

Jan 25 2013: Published by under software asset management,Software audit

First Oracle, now IBM! IBM is the among the 40 software vendors to be a part of the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Just another reason to be mindful of your software licensing compliance!

Auditing…is Good!

Jan 23 2013: Published by under Compliance,Oracle audit,Oracle license,Oracle Licensing Compliance,software asset management,Software audit

We often refer to software audits as a bad thing… when vendors are knocking down your door and are threatening to fine you. Well, auditing, when YOU are the one doing it, is a positive and effective way to avoid those fines. The best way to find out if you are or are not in compliance, is to audit yourself. Licensing accounts for at least 20% of an IT budget – getting this in order is also a way to save some money (or at minimum be sure that you are efficiently spending that 20%!).

When self-auditing, there is no vendor looking over your shoulder, it can be done with care instead of haste, and will reveal anything you may have to fix should you get audited for real. We recommend self-audits every 6 months, as businesses change so frequently that the way software is being used (and by how many people) is in constant flux.

While self-audits are not easy and they are time consuming they will save the organization in the long run. Audits are on the rise from ALL software vendors and they are auditing businesses of all sizes. Be ready for an audit to avoid heavy fines, and as an added bonus optimize your software licensing spend!

Watch Your Whistle Blowers!

Jan 21 2013: Published by under Compliance,Microsoft Licensing Compliance,Oracle audit,Oracle license,Oracle Licensing Compliance,Software audit

90% of all audit letters sent in 2012 were the result of tips from whistle-blowers, according to the BSA. 90%!!! So those current and former employers that didn’t get the raise they wanted or had a bad day with their boss…they can earn some cash by filling out a simple online form (see below). It’s easy, anonymous and lucrative.

Considering the BSA represents 40 software vendors (including Adobe, Oracle and IBM), it would be pretty easy for any company, large or small, to be caught. Software vendors are auditing more and more and the BSA is just one way for them to find out who they should be targeting.

What is the lesson here? Don’t give whistle blowers any ammo – do a self-audit, get your licensing in order and be prepared!

Audits: Defined

Nov 19 2012: Published by under Software audit

We talk a lot about audits on here, today, we are going to take a moment and define the different types of audits.

Self – often requested by trade associations acting on behalf of software vendors. These are the friendlies of the audits, it is conducted by YOU and results are provided to the vendor.

Independent – This type of audit involves the use of a third part auditor and is the most costly and time consuming. You have virtually no say in the process and must bear the costs of the audit. The only upside is that the auditor is independent, and not an employee of the software vendor.

SAM Engagement – SAM engagements have been used recently by Microsoft, the software vendor requires a third party audit and the results are reported back. The auditor does not need to be independent and the audited company must purchase licenses to become compliant. These audits are typically much less costly as the vendor will forgive past non-compliance with the only cost being the license discrepancy.

Publisher-Staffed – simply said, this should be the last option, if you can avoid it, avoid it! Just as the name implies, this is an audit performed by the software vendor, they collect information and use it as a basis for the dispute. It’s intrusive and one-sided. Best to request a self audit if at all possible.

Any audit is bad news, our advice, get ahead of it!

Oracle Licensing Audit Communications: Who You Gonna Call?

Nov 15 2012: Published by under Oracle audit,Oracle license,Oracle Licensing Compliance,Oracle Licensing Tip,software asset management,Software audit

Don’t Take Anything at Face Value

Oct 18 2012: Published by under Compliance,Microsoft Licensing Compliance,Oracle Licensing Compliance,software asset management,Software audit

We talk a lot on here about being audited by your software vendor – from the letter, to the audit itself, to the fines and so on. What we have yet to warn you about is taking those auditors at face value – along with their math. What do we mean by that? Well, don’t assume they know 100% of the licensing rules or know everything about your business. You would assume the auditors know the licensing rules in and out. Maybe, maybe not. They certainly don’t know your business like you do. They make assumptions. Assumptions about how your licenses are being used and assumptions that will essentially increase the return of their audit.

This is why two things are so incredibly important to avoid bigger fines that you deserve:

  1. A proper SAM program must be in place to manage inventory and maintain your compliance (it will save money too, but you know this if you have been reading our blog!)
  2. It pays to have an expert on your side. If the auditors don’t even know their own licensing rules, chances are – since we assume you have other duties at your company besides following licensing rules – you are not 100% up to speed on the constant changes. Ask someone who does know to keep you in check.

Always negotiate, always question the auditors, don’t EVER just take their word for it.

Does Oracle audit specific products and different operating systems?

May 01 2012: Published by under Oracle audit,OS,Software audit

Does Oracle audit specific products and different operating systems?

Gartner says audits are up, once again….

Apr 04 2012: Published by under Compliance,Microsoft Licensing Compliance,Oracle Licensing Compliance

Gartner recently put out their annual report: The Software Vendors That Are Auditing Now and What to Do About It. Based on survey data from their IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summits, the research firm found software vendor audits have, once again, gone up. The percentage of respondents who said they had been audited in the last 12 months rose from 61% to 65% in 2011. Also interesting was the top five vendors doing the auditing: IBM, Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP (which is a new entrant to this list).

Gartner suggests that organizations look more closely at Software Asset Management, and start taking these threats seriously, as changes are increasing that you will, at some point, face an audit by one or all of your vendors. Many respondents also noted that they vendor had to have lengthy discussions with those being audited to explain licensing rules and clarify why they were not in compliance – this tells us one thing – if the customers don’t understand it, they need to be less confusing! You shouldn’t need an expert or an in-house person to explain the licensing to you, but unfortunately you do in order to stay compliant!

The BSA’s “nauseating” anti-piracy tactics

Mar 30 2012: Published by under Compliance,Microsoft Licensing Compliance,Oracle Licensing Compliance

We have often addressed the BSA and their piracy fighting tactics here on this blog as a warning sign for those who aren’t taking compliance as seriously as they should be. PC Pro Magazine recently wrote a story about a small business that was targeted by the BSA and the exact tactics that were used to strong arm them into an audit. Admittedly, the business owner did not know if he was in compliant, but blamed the recession and trying to keep his business afloat as to why licensing fell to the wayside. You can read about the entire ordeal here.

It gives good insight as to what exactly happens when a disgruntled employee turns you in, and how far the BSA will go to validate the claim, which they say are where 20% of their leads come from. Something to think about! And yes, we are in a recession, but what many businesses do not realize, is that managing your software assets can actually save you money- which is a thing of beauty in a recession!

Check out our archived events section, we have several resources on audits and SAM to get you started!

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