IBM Audits

IBM frequently audits its clients

IBM is one of the most aggressive auditors. In fact, IBM is one of the top three auditors and is the #1 software auditor, according to Gartner. Typically, a formal software audit letter from IBM will arrive demanding information on: 


  • Number of IBM installations on the network
  • Number of licenses including serial numbers


IBM engages an outside auditing firm to perform a third-party audit and often the audit can take place anywhere between 12 to 18 months.


Reasons for an IBM Audit 

Change is a typical reason for audits

  • The two universal reasons for software audits are simple - capture more legitimate revenue and protect inellectual property.
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) 
  • Divestitures 
  • Renewal or large procurement of licenses
  • Business operations changes
  • Change management

Initial Steps during an IBM Audit

IBM Audits: First Steps 

After the demand for a formal audit letter arrives, these

  • Validate IBM's right to audit the specific items under your Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) of your ELAs.
  • Define the scope of the IBM audit with care and precision.
  • Negotiate and clarify timelines.
  • Form a response team, which will begin the internal audit process and manage the IBM audit.

IBM Audit White Paper 

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