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…

201609.21
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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…

201609.21
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Surpises & Gotchas in Your IBM License Agreements

Compliance Manager Summit, March 2017 During this session, Scott & Scott, LLP partner Julie Machal-Fulks discussed some of the challenges that organizations encounter when trying to ensure compliance with their IBM license agreements. When it comes to IBM products, many companies cannot easily or quickly verify compliance, and the risks associated with IBM licensing can be severe. …

201609.20
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Hot Topics in Adobe Licensing

Adobe software is used by a wide range of professionals, from administrative, executive, and creative professionals in advertising, marketing, broadcasting, media and entertainment, photography, publishing, education, high tech, government, financial services, gaming and retail. Adobe has recently increased its auditing efforts, and has aggressively targeted many of its customers for in-depth audits resulting in millions…

201609.20
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Six Secrets to Negotiating Managed Services Agreements

You and your team worked hard to get the sale, don’t let the paperwork stand in your way of closing the deal. This webinar explores how to use documents that successfully protect your interests but don’t scare your customers and prospects away. Julie Machal-Fulks examines many of the common objections and solutions to provisions contained in MSP agreements. MSPs…

201609.20
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Oracle Licensing Considerations

Oracle software is used by a wide range of enterprises. Oracle has recently increased its auditing efforts, and has aggressively targeted many of its customers for in-depth audits resulting in millions of dollars in financial demands. In this webinar, Julie Machal-Fulks discusses typical Oracle licensing metrics, Oracle audit approaches, common surprises in Oracle audits, and legal…

201609.20
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Legal Risks of IBM Licensing

Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot easily or quickly verify compliance, the risks associated with IBM licensing can be severe.  For example, if a company is trying to license under IBM’s Sub-Capacity license rules and fails to adhere to all of the requirements, IBM often…

201609.14
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Autodesk Audits: The Importance of Serial Numbers

In many software audits, the auditing entity like the Business Software Alliance or the Software & Information Industry Association requires a dated proof of purchase to demonstrate when a license for a software product was acquired. However, in audits initiated by Autodesk, the serial number can play a crucial role in demonstrating ownership. Autodesk products…