More than seven out of ten UK companies have no idea whether their business software complies with international standards, research from IT governance firm Centennial Software has revealed.
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The Centennial survey of more than 100 IT managers from companies across the logistics, healthcare, retail and finance sectors found that 85% were aware of software asset management standards, such as the international standard ISO 19770.
But the survey found that 71% of the IT managers either knew their software was not compliant with international standards or admitted they did not know whether it was or not, while 69% said they had not yet taken steps to achieve compliance with ISO 19770.
Alex Hilton, Centennial’s vice-president for UK sales, said, “It is worrying that companies are continuing to ignore the risk of non-compliance with software standards, even when they know they could be facing a fine and potentially serious implications for their reputation.”
Hilton added that software firms such as Microsoft were "very active" in auditing piracy, warning, “It seems every day we read more horror stories about companies being caught out. There is really no excuse for this kind of apathy any more.”