When you hear the word “audit,” you probably think of compliance mandates such as PCI, HIPAA, and SOX. However, software companies are getting into the audit game with increasing velocity.
A recent “2013 Software Audit Industry Report” by Express Metrix showed exposed some interesting results.
Top five software vendors to have audited companies within the last two years:
Who is being audited?
Not surprisingly, companies with 5,000 or more employees report being audited at a higher rate over the past two years than those with fewer than 5,000 employees.
However, it appears that organizations with between 500 and 4,999 employees and more than 25,000 employees were targeted more heavily in 2013 than they were in 2012, suggesting that software companies are moving more heavily into those areas.
What’s making license audits so difficult?
Companies cite the following reasons why tracking license compliance is so difficult:
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