Vendors have many months to prepare for an audit. And they have a huge amount of information available with which to work. If you are able to run internal software audit simulations efficiently, you’ll soon feel the balance of power in real audits shift back in your direction.
Technology and processes exist today that make preparing for software audits, or simply checking your own compliance position an order of magnitude easier that traditional methods. The combination of web based data enrichment and normalization, and streamlined procurement data integration are central to this improvement
Get Off the Target List
Having solid processes, and quality data is a critical step in defending your compliance position. Of course, gathering and organizing quality data ahead of an audit can be challenging; the right tools can help you focus on building a defensible position often more robust that the vendor.
Software audits are like the buses in London, they all come at the same time. Once you are on the audit black list, you’ll be regularly visited until you get your house in order. A well thought out strategy for running self-audits efficiently will soon get you off the audit black list.