microscopeLately we are seeing more and more businesses being asked to complete a software audit by companies such as Microsoft and Adobe.

Such a request means that the business is required to provide a list of all the licensed software they have purchased from that vendor. There are significant fines for anyone that doesn’t comply with these requests, so they are something that generally can’t be ignored.

Completing a software audit can be a very time consuming process unless you are well prepared. Correct has a number of tools that greatly ease this burden by being able to extract the required information directly from machines, however the best way to be prepared is to start and maintain a software register. This could be something as simple as an Excel spread sheet or a list in SharePoint. The trick is to ensure that it is maintained regularly.

Even if you are never audited, having a software register is a good idea as it allows you to track the software assets you have in your business. It can help you ensure that you don’t have too many or too few software licenses for your needs.

Correct strongly recommends that all businesses prepare themselves for a software audit because sooner or later you may find yourself required to undertake one.

If you need help assessing where you are at with your licensing, we can help.  Correct Solutions can conduct a licensing audit and give you a full report on your current licensing situation.  This can be used as a basis to start and keep a software register; it also ensures that your software is licensed legally and give you an opportunity to rectify any deficiencies.  If you’d like to know more, give drop us a email info@correct.com.au or call us on 02 8831 8200.