CANYON CONSULTING INC. Vendor Management and Software Licensing Audit Professionals
CANYON CONSULTING INC. Vendor Management and Software Licensing Audit Professionals

Unique Capabilities for Software Licensing Compliance

There is a huge disconnect between the goals of an IT executive and the goals of the software vendors that support the IT industry.


A savy IT executive is developing plans to reduce operating budget items (ie. hardware and software maintenance, equipment leasing) so that any savings can be re-invested into strategic business initiatives. On the other hand, software vendors are executing strategies to grow revenue and marketshare. In addition to traditional growth strategies, these software manufacturers are now relying on software licensing audits to achieve sales objectives.  


Canyon Consulting provides thought leadership, software product knowledge, licensing audit experience, and a knowledge base that is used to help clients prepare for and respond to vendor software licensing audits.


Whether it is a Pre-Audit Software Licensing Assessment or a Software Licensing Audit Defense project, our methodology is based on the same principles.   In addition, our methodology is consistent across Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle engagements.


Projects are broken down into three phases: 


  • Data Collection-  discovery of a vendors licensing contracts, renewal agreements, purchasing history, server and desktop/laptop inventory, SAM tool usage if any, and where a vendors software is deployed in your environment.


  • Data Validation- creation of a worksheet that captures what software is deployed, where it is deployed, how many licenses of each product is installed, and a comparison chart on what your software licensing allows you to deploy.

  • Remediation or Settlement-  gap analysis is performed, an associated financial cost is determined for any gaps, recommendations from Canyon Consulting on potential ways to remediate those costs, and a strategy to to settle with the vendor if it is in fact an official audit.

Add Experienced Licensing Professionals to Round Out Your Team

No client should undertake an official licensing audit without a working knowledge of where any licensing gaps are in the organization. It is our job to educate you on the complex areas of a particular vendors contract, review with you the license entitlements you have for that vendor, and help collect the data from your company that can be used to derive any potential licensing issues.   We have Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle licensing experts on staff for client engagements.

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