Software vendors across the world are challenged to keep their revenue growth high. Gartner indicates that Microsoft now tops the list in auditing customers, often under the guise of a friendly SAM Assessment, which uses “Independent Auditors” or “Certified SAM Partners”. Microsoft is now aggressively pursuing verification of 1/3rd of its customers worldwide per year. This is regardless of the company size, and typically results in invoicing millions in fines and licenses at the end of an assessment that was supposed to have been “friendly”.
It is inevitable that companies today will face a software audit at some point. Unfortunately, most companies do not see Software Asset Management as a primary investment area, even after going through an audit. Additionally, it can be almost impossible to keep up on the latest Microsoft Product Terms, Programs and usage scenarios to verify that your company is compliant. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and other virtualization technologies, where Microsoft rules are ambiguous or convoluted, complicate compliance management further. Microsoft Licensing Statements (MLS) are used as the official accounting of your Microsoft license entitlements, and they are often inaccurate and inconsistent, thereby requiring analysis and verification before they can be applied against installed software inventories.
Software Licensing Advisors’ staff and partners consist of former Microsoft SAM auditors and ITAM industry leaders, who conduct pre-audit reviews of your enterprise using industry standard tools like the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), LANDesk, Altiris, and many other commercially available tools to gather multiple perspectives on inventoried software. Our audit mimics Microsoft’s SAM process to show you how Microsoft would interpret the findings. We deliver a Microsoft-formatted Effective Licensing Position (ELP), showing license deficits and overages for each product with confidential advice on how to remediate and optimize exposures as much as possible before Microsoft, its partners, or its resellers begin collecting deployment data that will be difficult to refute later.
Get assistance with any Microsoft compliance request before and throughout the audit process to understand how to control the conversation and set ground rules that ensure a fair and reasonable Microsoft audit interaction. Be prepared for this otherwise uncomfortable audit situation and minimize exposure before it’s too late. We have helped hundreds of companies, through audit protection and defense, remediate millions in fines and license costs upon receiving an audit letter.