The opening session set the scene with some interesting stats on software audits and encouraged the group to share their experiences. Simon Langley then presented on managing BYOD devices, and the many issues surrounding this: “Employers need to be aware of the vulnerabilities of mobile devices, and make sure that they are adequately protected with robust policies and procedures. The boom in this area is phenomenal, but this is a potential minefield unless you have clear and binding rules around BYOD – which is a hostile and uncontrollable threat environment that challenges security and privacy.”
Delegates from Capita found the BYOD session hugely informative:
Willie Wilson, Senior Audit Consultant, BCS Ltd gave an honest and high level overview around server audits, the differences between this and a software licence audit and common traps to avoid. From his session, it was clear to see the level of complexity involved in server audits which can be a minefield. Requirements are unique for every publisher, and for each application by every publisher, and even different versions or editions. He highlighted some very easy ways to fall foul of your licence agreement, including outsourcing your IT or moving your server to a datacentre.
Vaughan Daly from Microsoft discussed audits from a vendor perspective, giving delegates the final part to a well-rounded and balanced discussion. Delegates posed questions to Vaughan that they had been pondering on and enjoyed access to one of the world’s largest software vendors in an exclusive and interactive setting. Vaughan stressed the importance of having a very good understanding of the business’ current position before heading off in completely the wrong direction, which could lead to over-licencing and unnecessary costs.
Andy Fisher, New Business Development Director, BCS Ltd is a long-time supporter for more transparency around software asset management (SAM) and licence compliance; and was delighted with the success of the event: “We’re trying to help businesses to understand SAM and to unravel some of the mystery around it, so it’s fantastic to be able to put on an event like this where delegates have access to the best possible sources to help them make sense of it all. A huge thank you to all of our speakers, and to Microsoft for providing the venue; but I also particularly wanted to thank all who came along for making the seminar so interactive and a great forum for transferring information. BCS Ltd. will be hosting similar events in the new year.
For further information on BCS Ltd. or the seminar series, please email Fiona Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01189 001134.
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