More than half of all companies have faced a software audit in the last two years by Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, Oracle, and SAP. Even more alarming, when surveyed, 58% of executives said they’d been audited by Microsoft in the last 12 months. Therefore the question isn’t IF a business will be audited but WHEN.
If a company is in non-compliance there can be criminal penalties, civil penalties and attorney’s fees. Additional repercussions include the costs of purchasing past years’ software, current software, penalties, legal fees, and the cost of disrupted business. Further, there can be real damage to a company’s reputation.