Re: Software Licensing
What a long-overdue topic for a second look at many organizations. It's refreshing to see an an article so comprehensive on a topic that's so oft-overlooked, especially in a world of quick blogs, vague blurbs, and buzzword-laden tweets. Instead, these points are made here with plenty of numbers to back them up, insights from real people in the industry, and, most importantly, specific tips and best practices for how to do it better at your organization.You can't blame people for wanting to ignore licensing for as long as they can - it's complicated and, frankly, boring. This article makes a great case for not only why you should worry about it, but how to do so without losing sleep.
The numbers themselves do offer a bit of a mixed picture though, don't they? 1/3rd of organizations were audited in the last two years - and that doesn't say anything for the size or industry of those companies, or how those audits turned out. That still makes it sound like an okay bet to stick your head in the sand and pretend like you're not going to be audited. The cost savings and license management benefits are the real kickers to me. There are headaches other than just audits to worry about when it comes to licensing - and how great if you can get one service that takes care of all of them!