The trusted third party, guaranteeing software compliance

Trusted third party

Between 49 % and 80 % of the initial purchase cost of the software fleet. Here is the estimated total cost of non-compliance [1]. A risk that 75 % of companies would face! Hence the importance of acquiring second-hand licences from a trusted third party. The aim is to guarantee the correct compliance of the licenses via a thorough verification.

The current economic climate is forcing companies to review their IT budgets and make savings, including on their licences. The SI-LogisM group estimates the piracy rate in France at 37 %. As a result, the software market is under pressure and publishers are on the lookout, multiplying audits.

In addition to the financial penalty for non-compliance, the cost of mobilizing internal staff can also grow rapidly. On average, an audit conducted by a major software publisher (Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, VMware, SAP, etc.) can involve around ten employees for 15 to 30 days.

From trust to compliance

La conformité des licences logicielles rime donc avec sécurité pour l’entreprise… sans pour autant négliger la qualité. C’est pourquoi, lorsqu’une entreprise recourt à l’achat de licences d’occasion, elle doit avoir l’assurance de bien disposer des droits d’utilisation. C’est pourquoi, en tant que véritable tiers de confiance, la plateforme doit avoir mené les vérifications nécessaires en amont de la transaction et exiger du vendeur qu’il fournisse la documentation originale avec le produit.

Among the guarantees to be provided to the buyer:

* The legitimacy and legality of the initial acquisition of the licenses.
* The completeness and accuracy of the documents characterizing the license.
* The conformity of the licenses assigned to the documents communicated, particularly with regard to the scope and terms of the right to use the software.
* The conservation in original of the documents characterizing the license.

The list is not exhaustive, but the role of the trusted third party is to verify that this procedure is respected before proceeding with the transaction. For the company, it is the guarantee to buy licenses in all conformity and legitimacy.


[1] According to a study by SI-LogisM Group, January 2018 - https://www.groupesilogism.fr/2018/01/09/conformite-logicielle-leviers-maitriser-risques/

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