Ask to waive the audit clause

While it won’t save you money when negotiating the initial contract, asking your software supplier to remove the audit clause from their contract could well save you a bunch of money down the line. An audit clause gives your software supplier the right to audit your usage of their software at any time. Time and again software suppliers have audited users and found their actual software use is above the contracted level and so more licenses (and money) is demanded. My blog last week reminded you to check usage rights to avoid non-compliance. So during contract negotiations, always ask that the supplier remove the audit clause. Some will and some won’t. But if they do then you might well save some money and some compliance embarrasment in subsequent years.



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