There has been considerable growth in the number of companies with an active compliance program since our last survey. Almost 90 percent of respondents say their software license compliance program provides a source of revenue, with a substantial percentage saying compliance-related recoveries comprise 4 percent or more of their annual software revenue streams.
Other key insights include:
- License compliance continues to be a significant issue for software vendors. The majority of respondents indicated the use of unlicensed products impact their companies' revenue by at least 10 percent.
- Private or hybrid cloud environments can complicate software licensing considerably as fully virtualized, dynamic environments make it difficult for customers to track deployments.
- From a software customer perspective, there is a greater awareness of the benefits of software asset management (SAM) programs in helping optimize operating environments and software investments. SAM programs represent a huge opportunity for vendors to enhance customer relationships and improve software compliance.