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ribbon_small.gif (2174 bytes) Have you forgotten what you felt on the 11th?  We haven't - and we never will. 

We will remember those human beings of all nations who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones in all the chaos that surrounded 9/11 and its aftermath. . .

 

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There is a low-cost online comprehensive anti-piracy training course HERE.

Pirates Cover April.jpg (45051 bytes)Have you read the Number One Business Resource for Software & Copyright Compliance Assurance?

Do you know the strategies used by owners, executive & middle management, as well as software & technology asset managers to stonewall the Predatory Software Compliance Enforcement Auditors?

Do you know the identities of even a few of the 26+ enforcement groups in the United States? How about the over 100 global auditors? 

Do you know their basic strategies & tactics?

How about the laws, acts, & regulations that ensure you will always pay their fines & penalties?

In terms of deflecting software license & copyright compliance audits you can either remain a helpless victim or you can begin a simple process for building an effective "wall of due diligence" between you, your company and these predators. This basic, common sense, book will get you well on the road to success.

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Have you been ordered to perform a voluntary software license compliance audit?

STOP RIGHT THERE!

Have you been tapped by a compliance agency or individual software publisher to perform a voluntary audit?   Before you do ANYTHING, call us.    Do not make any changes in your systems.   Remain totally cooperative and, above all be honest about this issue.  Be polite, but firm - Contact us. *

Whatever you do: "Don't Panic!"

Contact us immediately--before you get in any deeper. We have effective procedures we can help you put in place in preparing your organization to address the voluntary audit process. Depending on the size and complexity of your organization, our minimal intrusion voluntary audits can take as little as two days and, in some cases, can reduce your exposure by as much as 50%.  Regardless of your size, we can have you generating accurate audit data in less than 24 hours.  This simple act could quite literally save your organization hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In one instance, the expertise delivered by our training brought the audit impact down from an initial $199,000 to less than $50,000. 

The secret is in knowing how to prepare your data and in your interaction with the auditing entity.

Caution: Ineffective audits, and audits by those who don't clearly understand the process, create a false sense of security.

When you perform your audit, make sure that ALL files on your systems have been identified and confirmed.  Some audit services perform a quick surface audit, covering the obvious software titles but leaving dozens of potentially non compliant files undiscovered. Are you unsure of the quality of an audit? Was your audit performed by an individual or company that is formally trained and certified to perform compliance audits?  Did your audit appear to have been performed too quickly? An effective audit requires time, care and software license management expertise. Don't fall prey to unqualified compliance audit providers. Contact us for assurance details.  Do not allow your enterprise to be blind-sided by the hidden surprises of an incomplete audit.

If you even "think" you might not have an accurate audit, contact us.  We can spot check and confirm your audit accuracy in a single brief risk analysis. Your reputation and hard won resources are at risk - double check any questionable audit procedures with the software licensing professionals at The Network.  Better yet, contact us we'll teach you how to do it right the first time.

Are you REALLY in need of advanced professional advice? We can put you in touch with a cutting edge legal firm specializing in Intellectual Property Law.  Our litigation partners have been across the table from the compliance agencies - and software publishers - defending clients in precisely your position.

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* Neither The Network nor Software Asset Management Services, Inc. is a legal entity and we do not in any manner provide legal advice.  We will help you clarify your needs and assist you in determining the most effective manner in which to address the issues related to a potential audit.  We can supply the expertise you require to effectively minimize the impact of a voluntary audit.

 

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