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A software audit is the only way to know for sure what software is running on the computers in your network and the first step to compliant software asset management. At Sanncus we will use a variety of SAM tools to examine all devices on the network and report on the software deployed.
If required we can assist in this phase of the process by appointing one of our software audit consultants to progress the consolidation exercise.
An IT software audit is the only way a company can know for certain what software is running on the computers in their network. Sanncus use a variety of specially designed software asset management (SAM) tools to examine all devices on the network and provide a fully comprehensive report on the software deployed.
To insure software licence compliance a company must make the acquisition and keep track of and consolidate software licences. If required Sanncus can assist in this phase of the process by appointing one of our software auditing consultants to progress the consolidation exercise. Sanncus also provide a range of e-learning materials that can help guide organisations through this process.
- Sanncus has developed a software and service portfolio of products to address the issue of software licence compliance.
- Sanncus gather all relevant information about software licensing from every device on a companies network over a period of time.
- This is then uploaded to the customer’s database on the Sanncus cloud based server.
- The customer also has a management interface into the same database, and the customer uploads all of their licensing information to that database.
- The Sanncus reporting engine will produce a software asset and licence report for the customer on a quarterly basis, indicating the compliance position.
- Sanncus will certify the results of that so the customer can present this to any software vendor who may ask for an indication of licensing compliance from customer.
We all know that when we buy computers and IT hardware they are only of value if we have software running that helps us perform our duties for the company in an efficient manner. If you had twenty notebook PC’s, would you walk away and leave them in an unlocked room? Of course not, but the software running on those machines is, in most cases, more expensive to procure than the system itself. Yet, most companies do not know where their software licences are in the event that they are being audited.
Further, most companies do not record their software as an asset and have no specific depreciation policy for same. But best practice would suggest that we should treat our software as an asset just as we would computers or vehicles or stock. The solution to keeping an inventory record of the software licences in a company is through Software Asset Management (SAM), which Sanncus can provide solutions and training in, to companies of all sizes.
Why do we need to do a software compliance audit?
A software compliance audit is now sought by most audit firms as part of your annual audit. This is in line with new international best practice regulations and the Sanncus process is designed to deliver the information that your auditor requires.
Aside from the finance audit perspective, the IT Director can use the information in the software audit to learn more about the versions of software installed on computers in the business and can use the opportunity to get an independent verification of the licencing position as delivered by the software reseller.
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