UK firms are starting to adopt software asset management (SAM) tools in order to monitor and control spending on applications as well as ensuring compliance with licensing demands.
With the risks of failing to look after a software estate so high profile, the BSA settled with a medical training supplies firm last week for thousands, the message about the need for SAM appears to be getting through, according to a survey from Ernst & Young.
The findings showed that although more firms and vendors were starting to adopt and show an interest in SAM some of it was happening as a knee-jerk response to the threat of software audits and fines.
"The survey shows that companies are concerned about incurring significant additional costs through an audit, so are embracing software asset management, to take greater control over the use of software around their businesses. In particular, the findings shine light on the fact they're keen to save money and reduce the risk of non-compliance,"said Matt Fisher, chairman of the Software Industry Research Board, which is working with Ernst & Young.
"However, there is still a real need for better control over quality of audits and both customers and suppliers have a responsibility to achieve absolute compliance," he added.
The research highlighted the consequences of an approach to SAM based on fending off audits with a more coherent approach lacking in some quarters, particularly as cloud computing arrives with greater force.