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A one day conference has been put in the diary by the software industry to highlight the risks customers face of being unlicensed and they way that asset management can keep them on the right side of the law.
The Software Industry Research Board along with the Federation Against Software Theft IiS is organising the event on 12 May to underline the importance of managing software assets.
In the past year there have been repeated incidents of companies being taken to court because of their failure to check they were using legal software. Since FAST IiS has stepped up its campaign using Trading Standards unannounced checks are now being made on business premises.
John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST IiS, said that there was increasing pressure to manage assets effectively because of the pressure on budgets.
Sam Bramwell, licensing and anti-piracy manager at Microsoft, said that there were still large numbers of customers that didn’t have the details of their software estate.
“With 38 per cent of companies admitting they have only a basic understanding of their software estate, this lack of transparency can leave businesses open to the threat of both the legal and financial consequences of under and over licensing.”
Andy Burton, chairman of the SIRB, added that the number of vendor reviews were increasing and those that didn’t start using software asset management (SAM) were not only losing the chance to save money but faced legal risks.