201702.17
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Seeking Help for an SIIA Audit

After receiving a request from the Software & Information Industry Association (“SIIA”), many companies choose to conduct an internal audit of software installed on their networks. There are multiple considerations regarding the strategy for conducting an audit, including, but not limited to, the  nature of the company’s record-keeping, the size of the company, the size of…

201702.02
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Perpetual Licenses and Other Alternative Facts

Steve Russman, IBSMA, 2/1/2017 Julie Machal-Fulks, a technology attorney with Texas firm Scott & Scott, has handled hundreds of software audits and manages the firm’s Oracle practice. She helps her clients with everything from negotiating new license agreements, understanding existing license agreements, and resolving audit finding disputes with Oracle. After dozens of cases involving a…

201701.09
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How to Assist Clients with Estimating Expenses

Julie Machal-Fulks, Texas Lawyer, January 2017 Helpful Tips to Manage the Cost of Annual Budgets and Corporate Transactions For many corporations, the end of the year signifies that it is time to look to the coming year and identify a corporate or department budget for technology expenditures. Additionally, throughout the year, attorneys are often asked to advise clients on potential technology expenses related to…

201610.13
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What’s Hidden in Your SPLA?

MSPs have a variety of licensing options with their vendors. But, which license options are the best for your MSP practice? At the MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference in October 2016, managed services contract guru, Julie Machal-Fulks, discussed the many licensing options currently being offered by vendors and provided helpful guidance on which licenses are more likely…

201610.12
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Locating Entitlements for SIIA Software Audit

Once the Software & Information Industry Association (“SIIA”) sends a letter to a company questioning the authenticity of software licensing status and demanding a self audit, it is very important to have proofs of purchase for the licenses in question. Unless a company is able to provide sufficient documentation proving all of the SIIA-member software…

201610.05
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3 Backup Tips to Protect Your Firm’s Data

Julie Machal-Fulks, Texas Lawyer, 10/3/16 A law firm’s electronic data can be critical to the firm’s efficiency. If a firm’s electronic information were lost or otherwise unusable, it could hinder or even cripple the firm’s ability to successfully represent its clients. To help reduce the risks associated with lost data, many firms have a process…

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Know Your Rights: Legal Approaches to Minimizing Oracle Audit and Compliance Risk

Compliance Manager Summit, March 2017 How do other organizations weather an Oracle audit? Looking for success stories and winning strategies? In this session, attorney Julie Machal-Fulks of Scott & Scott illustrated how Oracle’s audit program has impacted many of her clients. She revealed the many flavors of an Oracle audit, common surprises, the legal implications of your…