The software industry suffers from disjointed processes between suppliers and buyers. Often there’s disagreement and confusion on what has been purchased, what is used and what is owed. Many of these disagreements are a consequence of a lack of transparency and visibility. Producers don’t have enough visibility into how their products are being used, lack important information about their customer base and rely on manual processes to manage their software products. Enterprises on the other hand invest a lot to make sure they stay in compliance with software license agreements, keep their software secure and up to date and prevent wasting budget on assets they are not using. Risk, waste and inefficiency are posing challenges to software producers and buyers. To become more efficient and more successful, many producers are working on a more consolidated and automated software business and are taking on more responsibility for their customer’s success. We have identified areas that are especially critical to the software supply chain. The Seven Tips that will be covered in this series of blog posts help software producers create a highly efficient and seamless software supply chain which is the backbone for business success.