Software auditing is a significant part of IT asset management and in maintaining compliance. As a sub-set of Software Asset Management, it can involve:
Software audits involve vendors requiring their customers to prove their licences are correct for the products they use. It can be a compliance headache for IT and can result in hefty fees if licenses are incorrect.
New survey results from Gartner's 2010 IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit show that software vendor audits are on the rise. A high number of respondents said they experienced a software audit in the past 12 months. IT asset managers should ensure that their organizations are prepared for an audit.