Software audits are on the rise because they generate revenue for vendors – and that’s a problem. When going toe-to-toe with vendor auditing teams, companies typically find themselves unable to defend their license position. You need an ally. Someone with the vendor-specific licensing expertise and proven processes that will help you avoid or minimize costly penalties. That’s where NPI comes in.
We know how to help you establish accurate deployment data, and compare deployments to entitlements to identify gaps.
We know the tactics vendors use to foster non-compliance, and what motivates them to reduce penalties. Our understanding of changing licensing and product usage rights gives us the inside track on where companies unwittingly fall out of compliance (virtualization, indirect use and remote access are some typical culprits), and where auditors incorrectly interpret the situation (you wouldn’t think that is a common occurrence – but it is!).
And because audit risk is growing, many businesses are not waiting for the audit shoe to drop, they’re taking preventive measures.
NPI experts help you:
Microsoft's auditors reported $10 million in non-compliance under a SAM Engagement. The client went back and forth for six months and couldn't get anywhere. After engaging NPI, the audit was settled at $700K.
A SQL infrastructure audit resulted in a claim of $14 million from Microsoft. End result with NPI assistance was $5 million.
The client engaged NPI to perform a Self-Audit Project. When Microsoft subsequently initiated an audit, the client handed them the self-audit license position document and the audit was cancelled.