Blogs

 

Don’t Short-Sheet the Internal Analysis in an IBM Audit

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One of the most critical steps any business faces in any software audit is conducting an internal analysis of deployments to entitlements, preferably before any audit data is shared with the auditors. That internal review...

What If I Discover Unlicensed IBM Software on My Servers?

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Software license compliance is a task that typically requires constant vigilance. Despite a CIO’s best efforts, it is almost inevitable that software will be deployed on a company’s computers at some point without having the...

FAQ

 
Q: How long does the audit process usually take?

A: The IBM audit process can take a few months to a year or more, depending on the size of the network or products and services used by the company being audited by IBM. While IBM likes to say that its audit process is not disruptive to a company’s business operations, the audit process can be extremely expensive and use significant resources. Hiring experienced legal counsel can help minimize business interruptions due to IBM’s audit process.

Q: How long can IBM audit a company after a transaction document expires or is terminated? ?

A: In most contracts, IBM includes an audit clause that requires a company to keep records of its system and tools for an independent auditor to verify compliance with its licensing rules. IBM requires compliance during the time of the agreement and while the customer continues to use the IBM products. For example, in some instances in IBM contracts, the duty to comply with licensing obligations remains in effect for up to 2 years after the contract has been completed or terminated and the products are no longer in use.

Q: Why am I being audited now?

A: IBM has an aggressive auditing department and strives to audit each of its customers at some point during the professional relationship. IBM seems to prioritize certain cases where it believes that there likely is a compliance gap between what its customers own and what they have installed.

News

 

How to Mitigate Five IBM Licensing Risks CLE*

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Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot always easily or quickly verify compliance, companies are facing substantial unbudgeted financial risks associated with IBM licensing. For example,...

Boutique Law Firm Relocates to Granite Place

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Boutique intellectual property and technology law firm, Scott & Scott, LLP, will move to new space in Granite Place, Southlake’s brand-new, full-service building this summer.

Presentations

 

Fundamentals of Software Audit Data Collection

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In order to effectively manage their software usage and to mitigate software license-compliance exposure, companies need to know how to gather information regarding their product usage. While some software products may have unique data-collection requirements...

Five IBM Licensing Obstacles and How to Mitigate Them

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CM Summit 2018, Speaker: Julie Machal- Fulks, Scott & Scott, LLP Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot easily or quickly verify compliance, the risks associated...

How to Mitigate Five IBM Licensing Risks

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Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot always easily or quickly verify compliance, companies are facing substantial unbudgeted financial risks associated with IBM licensing. For example,...