BEA - do get involved and will audit customers. 

The BEA product set is extremely difficult to audit so knowing exactly where you stand is difficult.

There are scripts issued by BEA that need to be run on every server where BEA product is installed for the licensing requirements to be determined.

Be sure to get the auditors to explain every step they take to you and challenge results.

CA - have a very good reputation in the market and have said to customers that they do not audit and never would. Never say never.

ClearSwift - We have heard mixed reviews of ClearSwift's approach to their customers and accounting for historical licensing. 

Be very wary of any advances made under the premise that licence models have changed therefore your licence position has to be reviewed.

This goes for all publishers.

SAP - do get involved and audit customers.  In our experience they are fair.

Novell - do get involved and audit customers.  In our experience they are fair.

You should of course always have a good handle on your licence position for all your software products, especially those where significant spend is involved.

Just because a publisher is less likely to audit should not be taken as a reason to manage the relevant assets any less.

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