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Corporate Software ‘Piracy’ a Red Herring, claims Acresso Software

Pierre Perrin-Monlouis Dernière mise à jour: 20 octobre 2021

Acresso Software ( today voices concerns about UK organisations being branded as thieves for committing software ‘piracy’ in the Business Software Alliance’s (BSA) annual report, published this week.

The software license management specialist believes it is a highly complex area. Vincent Smyth, RVP Sales, Acresso Software, comments: “From our experience, very few organisations purposely commit software piracy. An IT manager is faced with an incredibly large and complex collection of software applications that have grown over the years, and unfortunately many find it impossible to have a holistic and comprehensive view of their software infrastructure to resolve the question of who needs what kind of software. For this reason, organisations are often under-buying, but also over-buying software licences.

“The biggest organisations are often the ones most affected by this lack of clarity – the larger the user base, the greater the complexity – and very few IT managers in blue-chip organisations which are likely to be highly regulated would deliberately look to avoid license fees. In fact, we are even finding that IT managers frequently over-buy licences to cover their backs and stay compliant.

Smyth concludes: “It’s great that the BSA is highlighting the problem of ISVs not being paid revenue that is rightfully theirs, they need to take circumstances into consideration more. Technology is now available to determine usage demographics at a granular level, ensuring that employees that need a particular piece of software are fully equipped, and those software licenses that sit on people’s desktop unused get re-allocated. With Forsythe Technology stating that as much as 20 per cent of all installed desktop software is unused and becoming shelf-ware, conducting a thorough audit can end up saving a business a lot of money.”

Acresso Software’s FLEXnet solution tracks and monetises usage of new and existing software to maximise an organisation’s software investment. For more information please visit

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Pierre Perrin-Monlouis
Pierre Perrin-Monlouis
Fondateur de Rente et Patrimoine (cabinet de gestion de patrimoine), Pierre Perrin-Monlouis est un analyste et trader pour compte propre. Il vous fait profiter de son expérience en trading grâce à ses analyses financières et décrypte pour vous les actualités des marchés. Son approche globale des marchés combine à la fois l'analyse technique et l'analyse fondamentale sur l'ensemble des marchés : crypto, forex, actions et matières premières.