Licence Audit for Vendors

Licence Audit for Vendors

What we do
As a team of fully qualified forensic auditors, we act as an independent professional third-party to conduct licence compliance reviews on behalf of software publishers. During a review, the software customer’s licence ownership and consumption level will be validated using various audit techniques from questionnaires and interviews, to tool-based IT forensic investigations. Our report will summarise the results of the review and then form the basis of the compliance settlement negotiation – a process which routinely deal with.

We understand that licence compliance is not a “one-size-fits-all” exercise for every software publisher and recognize the importance of choosing an appropriate licence compliance methodology that is tailored to your organisation.

From light touch self-declaration surveys to anti-privacy driven forensic audits (with expert witness support where required), we offer the widest range of compliance options available in the market today. However, our focus is always to understand your compliance objectives and to select the best approach to help you achieve them.
Enterprise applications are often sold on a trust basis and licensed by customers' self-reporting usage level. The growing complexities in software licensing today and the common lack of usage control have created significant risk in revenue leakage for software publishers.
Benefits
Revenue generation
We can identify customers’ over-usage of your software and generate compliance revenue from new license purchase, as well as back-maintenance payments.

Where some software publishers are satisfied with the average 4 to 1 return on investment from compliance programmes supported by our much larger competitors, FIAC is confident that it can substantially exceed this ratio using its innovative and highly efficient approach to license compliance.
Driving new product sales
Where compliance issues were caused by contractual ‘mis-usage’, rather than ‘over-usage’, you can use part of the eligible compliance settlement funds to drive through new product sales and secure future revenue streams. titors,

FIAC is confident that it can substantially exceed this ration using its innovative and highly efficient approach to license compliance.
Gain insight
We can identify customers’ over-usage of your software and generate compliance revenue from new license purchase, as well as back-maintenance payments.
When some software publishers are satisfied with the average 4 to 1 return on investment from compliance programmes supported by our much larger competitors, FIAC is confident that it can substantially exceed this ration using its innovative and highly efficient approach to licence compliance.
Self Reporting
Survey (SRS)
Assisted Self-Assessment (ASA) with remote data validation
Licence Compliance Review (LCR) with limited onsite validation
Licence Compliance Audit (LCA) with onsite data collection and validation
Forensic Licence Compliance Audit (FLCA) with evidence collection and expert witness support
Relationship driven
Revenue-protection driven
The FIAC Advantage
Cost to software publisher
Do it
yourself
Boutique IT
consultancy/
resellers
Large audit
firms
FIAC
Service quality

  • Skill & experience
  • Geographic coverage staff
  • Availability and continuity