Software asset management (SAM), compliance body and Federation Against Software Theft (FAST IiS) mandate FAST Ltd has sounded a warning over growing numbers of software audits by software publishers or similar bodies, with 55% of respondents to tis annual customer survey reporting an audit.
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This is almost double the 2009 figure, FAST said. This time last year 30% of responding organisations said they had been probed by a software publisher or other body during 2008-9.
"The survey shows that software licensing should be at the top of the senior manager's agenda, because with so many publishers clamping down this is not an issue they can afford to ignore," said managing director Matt Barnes.
"With more businesses adopting SaaS, cloud computing and virtualisation the licensing requirements of businesses are not only changing but becoming more complex," he added, urging firms to seek help.
The survey, which also tracks take-up of FAST's Compliance Programme showed that 69% of respondents identified the main reason for joining the programme was to understand their company license situation.
FAST also found that 48% of respondents were working towards gaining accreditation and completing the FAST Compliance Programme.
Meanwhile, 55% ranked identifying current assets and the licensing position as the biggest challenge they faced in relation to SAM and compliance issues.