NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: FIX SOFTWARE LICENCE COMPLIANCE PROBLEM Wednesday 19 December 2001 PDF Print Tally Systems offers strategy for warding off software piracy in new white paper As the FBI cracked down last week on software pirates in unlikely settings such as MIT and Purdue University, Indiana, many IT managers added a new item to their list of New Year's resolutions: “Fix software licence compliance problem.” Tally Systems today announced help for IT managers in achieving that goal, unveiling a new white paper, ‘A Winning Software Compliance Strategy: Covering All the Bases.’ Tally Systems’ latest white paper offers a concise four-step plan for ensuring software licence compliance and avoiding fines from the ‘software police’ by keeping better tabs on installed software. “Because software can move from PC to PC at Internet speed, an organisation can never be 100% sure that it is compliant with all of their software licences at any point in time,” says Steve DuScheid, Research Analyst at Tally Systems. “Many companies that know their precise warehouse inventory to the last nut and bolt simply shrug their shoulders when asked what software they have installed, and if it is properly licensed. This carelessness can be expensive, not only because of the risk of fines from an anti-piracy organisation like the Business Software Alliance (BSA), but also as a result of poor planning and management of expensive IT assets.” The new white paper states that the key to feeling confident about software compliance is to have an ongoing software management program in place, and outlines four ‘bases’ that should be covered: First Base - The Policy The cornerstone of any compliance program is a software management policy that defines organisational practices and responsibilities, including management oversight, organisational responsibility, software procurement, and end-user accountability. Second Base - The Inventory Manually collecting data through surveys or walk-around audits won't ensure ongoing license compliance. The location, user, and configuration of PCs change too often to rely on an inventory snapshot for a software licence compliance program - automated inventory tracking software that can track history is critical. Factors to consider with an inventory tool include a product/suite focus, user demographics, application details, and excellent reporting. Third Base - The Reconciliation Once you have a solid inventory, it must be reconciled with purchasing and licensing information, using documentation such as invoices, proof-of-purchase, licence agreements, and original manuals and storage media to determine ownership. Home - The Enforcement Zone Once the initial inventory and reconciliation is complete, the focus of the software manager should shift to enforcing policies and keeping the program current. “Implementing a software compliance program is not necessarily easy,” says DuScheid, “but following the steps outlined in the white paper and using the right tools can keep organisations focused on the critical elements and out of the sights of the FBI and other ‘software police.’” The white paper, titled ‘A Winning Software Compliance Strategy: Covering All the Bases,’ is available now on the Tally Systems web site at: http://www.tallysystems.com/download/pdf/compliancewp.pdf A single PC can be inventoried for free using Tally Systems Census Recognition Technology by visiting: http://www.webcensus.net and choosing ‘Inventory my PC.’ About Tally Systems Tally Systems delivers innovative IT asset tracking solutions to ensure effective technology investment and successful IT projects. Tally Systems pioneered automated PC inventory over a decade ago with its patented Census Recognition Technology ™, and continues to develop applications, services and integrations to support critical IT initiatives such as migrations, software licence compliance and end user support. Tally Systems products - including TS.Census, WebCensus, QuickCensus, PowerCensus, and CentaMeter - have been licensed on over 10,000,000 PCs at 15,000 sites worldwide Visit Tally Systems on the web at: http://www.tallysystems.com TS.Census, WebCensus, QuickCensus, PowerCensus and Census Recognition Technology are registered trademarks of Tally Systems Corp. For Further Information, Interviews, Photography or Review Products Please Contact: Randy Britton Tally Systems Tel: 00 + 1 603 643-1300 ext. 2282 Or 00+ 1 603 359-0162 (cell). Tamsin Keynton/Richard Bennett MCC International Tel: 01962 888100 e-mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of MCC International Ltd in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.