It's not good enough for us to simply do our jobs; we couldn't even if we tried. Our culture of innovation means we always challenge the status quo and look beyond the remit to deliver exceptional added value and insights to our clients.
Whether we are working with licensors or licensees, we are constantly striving to find better ways for our clients.
Don’t trust just anyone to carry out your third party compliance audits. Our knowledgeable and skilled team has worked across sectors and geographies to bring you best-in-class solutions.
We help our customers increase their licensing and royalty revenue, increase the value of their Brand and IP and create an equal playing field for their customers.
We help our customers increase their gross margin and profitability through distributor and reseller reviews by identifying grey market activities, sale of counterfeit products by authorized suppliers and abuse of special pricing deals.
We help our customers reduce costs and increase profits through vendor/supplier reviews – validating pricing terms, discounts or Most Favored Pricing requirements.
We help you take a hard line on minimizing your software compliance risk.
Licensor: Software License Compliance audits
Welcome to the new world of Software License Compliance (SLC) – a transparent one. As we expand our global teams to support local markets, with a center of excellence in India, our clients directly benefit from our cost new structures, with full transparency on where the work is being performed. Our team comprises of leaders from the Big 4 firms, Industry and teams that have served on almost all major compliance programs during their career. We do not compromise on quality. We have extensive expertise designing, implementing and executing cost-effective compliance programs the right way and allow you to manage your ROI and Revenue with greater ease than ever before.
Licensee: SAM Baselining
Our Software Asset Management (SAM) baseline service provides you with the tools you need to establish your SAM strategy, with immediate benefits to our program. We begin by identifying your license entitlements, license deployments and any surplus or deficiencies for key risk software, and leverage our experience with vendor specific pricing models to determine your immediate next steps to manage your risks and assets. With a clear snapshot of your licensing situation, we help you make informed decisions about future purchases, installations, uninstallations, maintenance renewals and contract negotiations to optimize spend and reduce compliance risk.
Licensee: License Optimization Service
Leading analysts such as Gartner and Aberdeen Group indicate that license optimization can initially save up to 30% of software costs, followed by recurring savings between 5-10% of annual spend thereafter. Our software license management experts will help you assess your existing usage, discuss your future licensing requirements, and map these against vendor pricing models to optimize your software spend by identifying the best pricing model that suites your needs. Our team members have helped companies save or $600m through license optimization.
Licensee: SAM Managed Services
Internal governance over software assets is not just a technology issue; it requires supporting lifecycle processes that allow for effective entitlement and deployment management. We help you every step of the way, from process and tool implementation, hiring or training your SAM team, conducting risk analysis and completing license audits. Our SAM professionals are available 40 hours a week to answer any questions you may have. Whether you need us to help you get going to supplement your internal efforts, trained professionals are just a click away.
Licensee: Audit Defense Service
As auditors, we understand the challenges you as a licensee face. Having served almost all of the software vendors in the past, we have a deep understanding of their audit methodologies and pricing models. Our goal is not to help you block an audit, but rather help you through the close process, provide you guidance on your deployment options, settlement strategies and review the audit report for accuracy. We are confident we will help you reduce your final payment – and our pricing models reflect it*.
*Note –we do not provide audit defense work for software vendors who are our SLC clients.
You can’t afford to take a reactive approach to intellectual property. We help you to enhance revenue streams and manage liability by improving your compliance processes.
Licensor Process Review
Leverage our experience of partnering with some of the world’s largest licensors and review your internal processes, data management processes and analytics to implement new world class processes, reports and tools.
Licensee Process Review
Have you been audited and found to be out of compliance, resulting in millions of dollars of unplanned and unbudgeted royalty payments? We can help you implement processes to better comply with your licensing requirements and avoid surprises when you are audited.
Do more with your royalty compliance audits. We leverage your data to enhance your revenue, gain business insights, and support other parts of your organization.
Data Analytics Services
Return on Investment is a key factor in maintaining a successful compliance program – be it a royalty, vendor audit or software license compliance program. While low hanging fruit may be easy to identify in the early stage of a program, effective targeting and data analytics plays a key role in ensuring that time and money is spent on reviews/audits that appropriately balance risk and rewards as compliance programs mature. We leverage our experience in completing compliance audits, with team members who have extensive data analytics and visualization capabilities, to help our customers implement and continuously enhance their targeting and risk profiles.
Everything we do — from our transparent process and accessible senior management to our agile structure and high staff retention — leads to one truth: Our clients see us as a consultant they can trust with their businesses.
“In our world of IP protection and enforcement, supply chain reviews are a key component of our program. Having a trusted partner that respects and treats your customers as their own is priceless—and Connor Consulting does just that.”
Sr. Director Intellectual Property Protection & Enforcement at Dolby
"Connor Consulting is rare in that it's not just a vendor; it is a partner to us. The Connor team gives us the sense we are in this together, and they are always looking at ways to make us more successful.”
Sr. Director of Global Brand Protection & Licensing Compliance
“Connor is hands-down the best boutique audit firm in the Bay Area. Their knowledgeable, polished and communicative team goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure we are satisfied with their work. You won't find another firm that responds so quickly with such high quality deliverables and positive attitude."
PDG - WW Finance & License Compliance at ARM
"As a licensee in the past, I was tremendously impressed by the ability of Connor’s team to be comprehensive and pleasant to work with. I appreciated their efforts in particular to teach us best practice, and it’s why I hired them later when I became a licensor. I strongly recommend Connor Consulting team to any licensors that wish the check the compliance of agreements, while maintaining good relationships with their licensees.”
Licensing Manager at multinational company in the media and entertainment sector
“Every member of a Connor Consulting team is a dedicated and specialized license auditing expert, which makes them different from the Big 4 accounting firms. As a result, they know how to work with licensees to get results. They are efficient, fair, reasonable, diligent, focused on the essential issues, and tough when they need to be.”
Principal IP counsel at multinational CE company
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