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CM Summit 2015

The One Value-Packed Summit for software and hardware industry Compliance Professionals

innovating for success, recap of the 2015 summit

Here is a recap of our 2015 event. Details on the 2016 summit will be posted in December. Expect to see a roster of new presenters and topics for 2016.

Great Networking and Information Event a Complete Success, Attendees Say

IBSMA hosted the third annual Compliance Manager Summit on March 12-13, 2015, the largest gathering of software company compliance program professionals in the industry. License compliance professionals and auditors, including experts from Oracle, IBM and Adobe, traded insights on trends for 2015. They also shared best practices and analyzed the best ways to face the challenges presented by the rapidly changing compliance management environment.

CMSummit 2015

The event was "well organized and executed" with "informative topics" covering current trends, attendees said. "Great networking" and "real-world data" emphasizing the vendor perspective, including the diverse audience, made for insightful comments and feedback.

Steven Russman, IBSMA's Executive Director, launched the event with a rousing panel discussion. Software company compliance executives, including Mathieu Baissac (Flexera), Richard Atkinson (Adobe), Jared Collins (EMC), and Courtney Grey (PricewaterhouseCoopers), debated the biggest opportunities developing for compliance managers. Clearly, the relationship between vendor and customers is quickly evolving, and it's up to compliance managers to guide the outcome.

"You can be focused on revenue, always, but at what price?" asked Atkinson, Corporate Director of Adobe System's Global Piracy Conversion Team. "I can force you to pay me, but you will hate me."

Atkinson advised the CM Summit attendees to take the long view when assessing the value of each customer, even if they're not yet paying for their software. As long as they're using your software, they're not contributing to your competitors' coffers.

Atkinson's take on the vendor-customer relationship turned out to be one of the themes for the event. Whether you're managing a global program with multiple languages and unique local laws or you're just revving up a compliance management program, the CM Summit's experts agreed that compliance managers need to leverage their audits carefully among their customers. The audit should be just one component of a compliance management program. And, if you do it right, audit conversations will be few and far between.

Reviewing Challenges, Identifying Opportunities

CM Summit session leaders covered a range of timely topics. Courtney Grey and Chris Ruhl (PwC) discussed the eight forces that are transforming license compliance programs, including customers' demand for new value-added services and vendors' need to cultivate long-term relationships with customers.

Kris Johnson (Anglepoint) outlined the pros and cons of outsourcing your SAM (software asset management) practice. Ultimately, if you choose the right partners, outsourcing can encourage customers to be more proactive about managing their compliance while distancing your company from the unpleasantness of conducting audits.

In a session addressing compliance challenges inherent to software as a service (SAAS) offerings, Ron Brill (Anglepoint) said that rather than solving all piracy problems, SAAS introduces new issues that compliance managers need to stay in front of, including revenue leak and unauthorized usage.

Experts also dug deep into specific issues, such as software identification tags, data mining in compliance programs, and the compliance challenges of open source software.

CM Summit 2015 Top Sessions

Peer Networking

Attendees left the CM Summit armed with the knowledge to expand and improve their compliance management programs. Summit participants are ready to tackle the complex compliance challenges of a rapidly changing licensing world, knowing they now have allies among the world's largest software companies.

CM Summit 2015 Peer Networking

For 2016 IBSMA is bridging the gap between software publishers and end user license managers to elevate understanding and promote innovation. At the Compliance Manager Summit 2016, you'll gain the knowledge and insight you need to grow your compliance program, boost the bottom line and stay competitive in today's fast-paced global software environment. 

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Who should attend
Compliance Manager Summit 2016 will have a dedicated industry program on March 8. Here's who should attend:

Software and hardware manufacturers compliance program managers and staff
Software compliance auditors and software asset managers
Legal, finance and accounting staff
Executives looking to start or grow a compliance management program
Sales operations
Industry consultants

Location & Hotel Info

Compliance Manager Summit will be held at the InterContinental San Francisco.

Summit sessions will be held March 8, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. IBSMA welcomes the SAM community to a reception on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. which is free and open to all (industry and end users/customers).

888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Contact the hotel directly at 1.866.781.2364 for hotel room reservations. The hotel will take reservations at current rates..

Summit Sessions

We're busy putting together a top-notch agenda of stimulating speakers and topics drawn from our extensive list of professional members and industry leaders. The 2016 agenda will be posted in December.

CM Summit
  Tuesday, March 8
8:00-9:00 Registration and breakfast
9:00-9:45 Executive Views on Compliance 2016 Moderated by Steven Russman, Executive Director, IBSMA

Expect frank assessments, diverse views and lively debate (including audience participation) at this panel discussion among software company compliance executives as they address the biggest challenges and opportunities in running compliance programs today. Panelists to be announced.

10:00-10:45 General session
10:45-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 General session
12:05-12:45 Breakout session Breakout session
12:45-1:45s Networking lunch
1:45-2:30 Breakout session Breakout session
2:30–3:15 Breakout session Breakout session
3:15–3:30 Break
3:30–4:10 General session
4:20–5:00 Town Hall Meeting: Software Compliance Pros Exchange Views (Panel discussion) Moderated by Steven Russman

It's the closing session of CM Summit and we've been informed an educated on the latest trends, strategies and tactics for compliance. Join the town hall meeting for what is sure to be a lively and provocative discussion of today's top-of-mind issues and concerns, presented from multiple points of view. Our panel of seasoned software company experts will answer questions, plus you can share your views. Panelists to be announced.

5:30-7:00 Welcome reception sponsored by Accordo Group.

CM Summit welcomes conference attendees and IBSMA San Francisco Bay Area members to this reception. Join us for drinks and appetizers, visit with the sponsors and enter the prize drawing to win a valuable prize. IBSMA members not attending the conference should register in advance (preregistration required) for the reception.


Last update November 23, 2015. Subject to change without notice.

2016 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Contact IBSMA for information on 2016 exhibitor packages. Call 1.734.930.1925 or e-mail Services@IBSMA.com. The 2015 sponsors are listed below.


Summit and reception sponsor.

Global software publishers have long recognized that compliance gaps in small and medium businesses (SMB) negatively impact the company’s bottom line. It’s challenging to address this business problem cost effectively while maintaining customer satisfaction.  Executives are seeking solutions to this revenue leakage and Accordo has 15-plus years experience using world-class tools and services to reach SMBs globally and successfully guide them through a standardized process to achieve multiple business objectives. Visit Accordo.com for more information.


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