It is Not a Matter of IF You Will be Audited by a software company like Oracle, Microsoft or IBM, it is WHEN.
It’s inevitable — like death and taxes — and about as enjoyable. If you buy an Oracle, Microsoft or IBM licence for any of their products, you will be audited. Some companies refer to it as a “licence review,” but do not kid yourself, it is an audit and comes with all the pain and fines that any audit brings.
Don’t be in denial about this because it just might cost you your job. Many organizations audited by Oracle, Microsoft and IBM have had to pay millions of dollars in back-licence fees. You are the head of IT. You are responsible if this should happen. Many a CIO or VP of IT have been fired for less.
Oracle initiates an audit for a variety of reasons. Suggested Reading: "Seven Sins of Oracle Licencing That Will Land You at the Top of the Audit List" Perhaps you changed your IT environment recently — a definite red flag for which Oracle will come knocking soon if they catch wind of it. Another reason for an audit is something as innocent as a call to your software sales representative with a licence question or to ask about purchasing another product. Or it is just “your turn,” which, believe it or not, is the reason that most software vendors provide in most cases when asked. It's not just Oracle, but additionally Microsoft and IBM, initiate audits if it looks like they may not reach their revenue goals. The fact is, an audit can happen at any time, for any reason or for no reason. That is why it’s inevitable.
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Our licencing experts will apply the LicenceFortress solution, grooming the data with a fine tooth comb to identify any licensing issues before they become a problem. We review your current Oracle, Microsoft and/or IBM contract(s) to determine your purchased licences. This helps us understand your current environment and gives us the big picture of your organization's licencing configuration.
Our monitoring tools and scripts will be configured in your environment. These tools will be used monthly to identify workloads that may have been migrated on to unlicenced hosts. Compliance issues (if any) are pinpointed, and we will formulate a remediation plan.
When Oracle, Microsoft or IBM issues a formal audit notice or a less-formal notice of licence review, we will respond to all audit correspondence on your behalf, including which data should, and should not be, provided to Oracle, Microsoft and/or IBM.
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