Be prepared for a Microsoft audit – Conclusion

All big software companies conduct audits on how their customers use their software. If the audit uncovers improper software usage, this can result in unexpected bills. Microsoft is no exception. If you are on Microsoft audit radar, you can expect to be audited soon.  Understanding how licensing works is key to controlling the financial and legal risk that comes with software non-compliance.

Audits usually come with only 30 days’ notice, giving you a relatively short time to prepare for what’s ahead. It is a good practice to have a special session for “Lessons learned” after each audit and record the information in your knowledge base.

We recommend to create a recurrent SAM process with designated roles and responsibilities that will keep everything in check for you. Experts, either in-house or third party consultants with license specific knowledge will be invaluable to most organizations. They can play a decisive role in determining your licensing requirements and negotiating the best terms and conditions before non-compliance situations occur. They also help enterprises to get Software Asset Management on the right track, automate the process as much as possible and monitor with Self-Audits to ensure a comfort point is maintained.

Make sure you have the right expertise

You can of course invest in staff and building knowledge completely on your own. But you might also want to consider enrolling in a fully operational license management program. This can be done in less than three months and will be tailored to the specific demands of your company.

If you are in need of extra expertise and a structured approach, feel free to contact B-lay. We will help you make software compliance an exciting opportunity to improve your business!

More information can also be found in our white paper “Be prepared for a Microsoft Audit ”. Our new white paper format is mobile friendly, so you can easily read it on your tablet or mobile phone.

This article was published on 18-10-2016