Businesses that use software contracts illegally or let them fall out of compliance are constantly in the news. When these issues are caught in a software compliance audit, they can result in hefty fines and even legal battles.
Because of this, it’s crucial for companies to invest in a good software management system in order to organize existing licenses and decide which ones to pursue.
But integrating a software management system isn’t always the smoothest process at first. It requires a major overhaul of existing systems and a considerable amount of manpower. So how can you get through your implementation in one piece?
Don’t Overwhelm Yourself with Details
Software asset management systems can be complicated, and the licenses that they track even more so. When you’re just getting started, focus on organization-wide software licenses instead of nit-picking every small program. Oracle is a great one to start with, and with the increasing prevalence of Microsoft software compliance, software owned by Microsoft should be on the top of your list too. Basically, prioritize based on how much risk each license poses to your company. Microsoft fines are massive. The fines from that third-party note-taking software provider, not so much.