Chapter 4. Acquiring Software

Introduction

Software products represent a significant portion of the lifecycle costs for client technologies. Many believe that if all the costs were properly accounted for, the cost of the software would easily exceed the cost of the hardware product. Yet despite the significance of the software costs, it is not unusual to find a significant variation in how businesses track, manage, and control software costs. The more detailed the recordkeeping and tracking process, the easier it is to reconcile and to harvest licenses as part of the disposition process.

Many businesses are now just beginning to appreciate the financial impact and compliance risks that software represents. The recognition is due, in no small ...

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