Firm combines ISO 19770-1 conforming processes, proprietary technology, and legal and IT expertise into a cost effective managed service.
Firm also announces Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™: ISO-conforming technology solution automates and simplifies software license reconciliation and compliance; serves as technology backbone for managed services offering.
DALLAS– LAWFUEL – Law Firm News –Scott & Scott LLP (www.scottandscottllp.com), a leading law and technology services firm specializing in IT litigation, services and solutions, announced today its Managed Compliance Services for software asset management (SAM). Scott & Scott combines industry standard processes, leading technology, SAM consultants and legal experts into a comprehensive managed services offering for mid-market and large enterprises.
All aspects of Scott & Scott’s Managed Compliance Services adhere to the stringent and mature guidelines stated in ISO 19770-1 International Standard, so that clients can be assured their businesses are operating against auditable and defensible software asset management benchmarks.
Industry Standard Processes & Procedures
Scott & Scott’s Managed Compliance Services are developed around the ISO 19770-1 Standard for Software Asset Management. Section 19770-1 of the ISO Standard serves as an international standard by which businesses measure their Software Asset Management processes to ensure SAM programs are operating at a level sufficient to control IT spending, improve efficiency, and mitigate risks.
To implement a mature and measurable level of compliance with the standard, Scott & Scott designed its services in accordance with many of the outcome requirements set forth in ISO 19770-1. Scott & Scott will run monthly inventories of client networks and perform quarterly reconciliations of software license entitlements. Deliverables include in-depth business management reporting for procurement, finance, and IT departments that allow global visibility of assets, analysis of business best practices, more informed business decision-making, and improved performance.
“By tailoring our deliverables to the outcomes set forth in the ISO Standard our clients can fully understand the scope of work we provide, can benchmark the success of our services against proven procedures, and can feel confident in the level of proactive control exercised over software asset management functions,” said Rob Scott, Managing Partner of Scott & Scott, LLP.
Scott & Scott’s Managed Compliance Services can also dramatically reduce clients overall SAM and IT costs, eliminate disruptive IT projects, and allow clients to refocus internal resources on core business initiatives.
“For many businesses, managed services is a cost-effective and secure way to implement a comprehensive compliance program without overtaxing IT resources,” said Charles Weaver, Director of the MSP Alliance. “Scott & Scott is a recognized leader in the managed services industry and is uniquely positioned to provide managed compliance services to companies looking to control costs without compromising the quality and measurability of their overall compliance programs.”
ISO Conforming Technology Platform
Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ is proprietary software that serves as the technology backbone of Scott & Scott’s Managed Services. It is an innovative, efficient and affordable IT asset management tool designed to automate and simplify global asset discovery, software license reconciliation, and ongoing software license compliance in accordance with ISO 19770-1.
“Scott and Scott understands their market and has shrewdly positioned Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ as a solution for addressing software compliance challenges. We gave Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ high marks for its license-summary reporting capabilities, and also found great value in the Software License Guide’s analysis of licensing agreements presented in layman’s terms,” said Steven Russman, publisher of ECPWeb. “However what really sets this tool apart is the highly consultative approach to compliance management and the offer of legal services.”
Backed by the firm’s expertise, Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ enables the implementation of documented and repeatable processes and controls for defensible software license compliance. Discrepancies between installed software and software licenses can leave companies vulnerable to risks including legal liability. Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ bridges the gap between installation details and procurement records, providing an ideal platform to perform low-cost software license compliance reviews and quarterly license reconciliations.
Monthly management reports powered by the tool’s robust analysis and reporting capabilities provide detailed information to enable improved efficiency, cost control and risk mitigation across the enterprise. In accordance with the outcomes set forth by ISO 19770-1, reporting includes a detailed summary of network hardware, summary of software installations, license entitlements review, software license compliance details, and recommendations for software license optimization.
“Our Managed Compliance Services allow clients to implement a proven SAM solution without the considerable expense and disruption of implementing it themselves,” said Mariqus Alexander, Scott & Scott’s Director of IT Services. “Our consultants possess a deep understanding of Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ and its powerful capabilities, allowing us to maximize the efficacy of the tool and garner ideal results customized to meet each client’s specific needs.”
Legal & IT Consultants
Software asset management is a time-consuming and complex initiative requiring cooperation across multiple disciplines to be effective. Scott & Scott’s Managed Compliance Services bridges the gap between all departments, combining proven processes and technology with the appropriate legal and IT professionals required to execute SAM strategy.
Scott & Scott’s Managed Compliance Services are provided by IT consultants and lawyers that specialize in software asset management and software license compliance. SAM experts are certified and experienced professionals that manage the complexities of compliance initiatives on a daily basis for businesses of all sizes, across all industries.
“It is often extremely costly for businesses to maintain the necessary legal and IT staff internally that it takes to reach and manage compliance on an ongoing basis,” said Scott. “Compliance is a highly specialized discipline requiring an in-depth knowledge of licensing rules, IT infrastructure, and industry best practices. Managed services clients gain specialized legal and IT resources dedicated entirely to ensuring mature, high-level SAM initiatives.”
Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™
Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ is an innovative, efficient and affordable IT asset management tool designed to automate and simplify global asset discovery, software license reconciliation, and ongoing software license compliance. While the technology is available in conjunction with Scott & Scott’s Managed Services, it is also available as a stand-alone tool for businesses shopping for a simple and cost-effective solution for managing ongoing software license compliance internally.
“Business owners today appreciate the importance of software license compliance, but must strike a balance between reaching compliance and preserving their bottom lines. In shopping for a solution, executives must recognize business and process improvements as part of an overall license compliance program, in order to realize a return on their investment,” said Scott. “Scott & Scott is offering companies a low-cost hosted solution that is easy to implement. It automates and documents many labor intensive aspects of software asset management.”
Installed on a single server or workstation in under three minutes, Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager begins network scanning immediately. The discovery tool remotely audits the network and provides a global view of the hardware and software assets installed. The agentless architecture requires little network footprint and is undetectable by users, minimizing network and business disruption.
While traditional discovery tools often return large amounts of irrelevant data, Scott & Scott’s Inventory Analyzer™, a powerful software recognition engine, automatically filters inventory data to show only those titles that require a license. It excludes irrelevant shareware, freeware, and component parts from reports. This data mapping capability dramatically reduces the time necessary to conduct a comprehensive network inventory analysis.
Powerful analysis and reporting also bridges the gap between software installation details and procurement records. Pertinent information needed to prove software license compliance, such as invoices, can be easily documented. Preconfigured, web-based reporting organizes and sorts data according to the requirements set by the user. Information can be viewed by software title, license summary, or license reconciliation detail. Inventory records can also be sorted by specific office location or viewed enterprise-wide.
“Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ offered us the right mix of technology and services to help guide us through a complex software license compliance review and dramatically reduced our time-to-completion for the project,” said Chris Morrison, Director of IT at First Call Mortgage. “The Inventory Analyzer proved invaluable in improving efficiency, as First Call Mortgage achieved 100 percent software license compliance.”
Available as a subscription-based service for Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ customers, Scott & Scott also offers its Software License Guide™, a comprehensive resource of the licensing rules for hundreds of software products, including titles from all the major publishers associated with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA). Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ is the only solution of its kind to combine automated discovery and license reconciliation with a guide to publishers’ complex licensing rules. Automated license reconciliation reports offer recommendations regarding upgrade paths, qualifying underlying products, and downgrade rights so that subscribers can determine not only what licenses they own, but also what they can use.
Used every day by companies around the country, Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ has accurately inventoried hundreds of thousands of machines in businesses of all sizes, across many industries. Clients can leverage Scott & Scott’s practical experience and expertise in successfully developing and implementing strategies to ensure that the benefits of a customized compliance and asset management program are maximized, while the costs and negative business impacts are minimized.
Scott added, “Achieving 100 percent compliance and preparing for a potential third-party software audit is only half the battle. With the tools and consulting expertise we bring to the table, clients can find a customized and cost-effective solution to enhance their existing processes and controls that govern license compliance, IT efficiency, corporate spending, and risk mitigation.”
About Scott & Scott’s Managed Compliance Services for SAM
Scott & Scott combines industry standard processes, leading technology, SAM consultants and legal experts into a comprehensive managed services offering for mid-market and large enterprises. All functions of Scott & Scott’s Managed Services adhere to the stringent and mature guidelines stated in ISO 19770-1 International Standard, so clients can be assured their business is operating against auditable and defensible software asset management benchmarks. For more information, please visit Scott & Scott on the web at www.scottandscottllp.com/compliancemanager
About Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager
Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager™ brings together the expertise, the tools and the resources required to implement cost-effective and efficient strategies to successfully manage IT assets, reach 100% software license compliance, and proactively prepare for the risks associated with a potential third-party software audit. Used every day by compliance experts, Compliance Manager has accurately inventoried hundreds of thousands of machines in businesses of all sizes, across many industries. To learn more please visit www.scottandscottllp.com/compliancemanager.
About Scott & Scott LLP
Scott & Scott is a leading national law and technology services firm dedicated to helping senior executives assess and reduce the legal, financial, and regulatory risks associated with information technology issues. An innovative approach to legal services, Scott & Scott believes that collaboration between legal and technology professionals is necessary to solve and defend against the complex problems our clients face in software license compliance, network security, data privacy and litigation. By combining these resources, Scott & Scott is better able to serve clients’ needs than law firms and technology services firms working independently of one another. Visit Scott & Scott, LLP on the web at www.scottandscottllp.com.