The commercial operation that informs users about theirlicensing requirements FAST Ltd has moved to reposition the company under a freshhead of the business.
Speaking to MicroScope, FAST managing director Andy Pearcesaid that there were significant numbers of customers that were either under orover licensed and as a result wasting money or exposing themselves to potentiallegal action.
“Around 41% of companies are over licensed and one of thekey things to get across is that message,” he said.
“The key point is there is both under licensing and over licensingit is very prevalent and we are helping organisations to save money,” he added.
He added that it was aiming to increase the number ofcustomers using Software Asset Management tools to control their software estateand had also launched a tool for its members that would enable them to speed upthe audits that they were expected to deliver for vendors.
Pearce added that it had managed to save one council £600,000and a multinational £1.3m by working out they were paying too much for licences.
In the past year vendors have become increasingly determinedto carry out audits to discover lost revenue of illegal products.
John Lovelock, chiefexecutive of the Federation Against Software Theft Investors in Software (FASTIiS) said that it was important for the confusion around licences to betackled.
“We work in harmony to ensure the fear around compliance andSAM that many organisations feel,” he said.