Microsoft Audit Defense

Preparing you for a Microsoft audit, helping you to avoid expensive settlements.

High impact audit expertise

An external audit is an invasive process, conducted by third parties (such as Deloitte or KPMG) who run various tools in your estate to generate a report for Microsoft.

Generally speaking, Microsoft’s audit program is not as active as other mega vendors and, combined with the perceived notion that the licensing is one of the simplest out of the mega vendors, has meant that organizations are less guarded against Microsoft audits.

However, complacency in SAM is always an error, and the many pitfalls in Microsoft licensing often cause risk to creep up, which is exacerbated when an audit arrives.

Our service aims to support you through the audit process: assessing the extent of the risk, supporting in the data provisions and communications, verifying the findings and challenging any assumptions in order to ensure that you only pay what is required.

Protect your organization

High impact audit expertise

An external audit is an invasive process, conducted by third parties (such as Deloitte or KPMG) who run various tools in your estate to generate a report for Microsoft.

Generally speaking, Microsoft’s audit program is not as active as other mega vendors and, combined with the perceived notion that the licensing is one of the simplest out of the mega vendors, has meant that organizations are less guarded against Microsoft audits.

However, complacency in SAM is always an error, and the many pitfalls in Microsoft licensing often cause risk to creep up, which is exacerbated when an audit arrives.

Our service aims to support you through the audit process: assessing the extent of the risk, supporting in the data provisions and communications, verifying the findings and challenging any assumptions in order to ensure that you only pay what is required.

Protect your organization

Key services

Internal Compliance Review

It is good practice to have an overall understanding of your Microsoft license compliance at any point in time, but during an audit, this is imperative.

Our Microsoft Internal Compliance Review service provides step by step guidance on how to collect and analyse the required information from the estate to then produce the effective license position ahead of the auditors. This allows you to understand exactly what your compliance position is and where the potential risks are (if any).

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Management of Data Provisions

There is a tendency for auditors to request an excess amount of information as part of their data requests, mostly as a result of a rigid audit process or as a way to reduce the investment into developing more sophisticated scripts/data collection methodologies. As such, you will often send far too much information (notably too much personally identifiable information) if you just follow the auditors’ approach.

Our service will review and explain the data requests while also helping you manage the data provisions to the auditors so only the appropriate amount information is issued.

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Review of Audit Findings

Like any other software vendor, there are often grey areas within the licensing terms and conditions leading to multiple interpretations (each with different cost requirements).

Often, auditors will make a ‘worst case’ assumption when it comes to these grey areas or data ambiguities, leading to a higher potential risk than should reasonably be identified. We will review the findings and support you in challenging any and all assumptions, ensuring that there are no inflated costs as part of the final result.

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Communication Support

Throughout the whole process, we will provide guidance on how to take control of the audit, all the way from a high level communication strategy and timeline management to specific responses via individual emails.

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Benefits of Microsoft audit support

Take control of the audit

During our Microsoft audit support, we take the pressure off your organization by comprehensively managing the process, so you have the time and peace of mind to make well-considered decisions.

100% independence

The analysis performed by ITAA is completely impartial and agnostic to any reseller or toolset. ITAA does not sell licenses, is not partnered with any reseller and nor does is it affiliated with any SAM toolset provider. Our deliverables are purely for your benefit.

Risk mitigation

Our goal is to ensure the best results for you. As a result of the audit, you should fully understand your compliance position and only be charged for what is actually required without any assumptions or inflation (if there even is any non-compliance at all).

In-depth knowledge

Our team is full of highly experienced Microsoft licensing subject matter experts, having performed Microsoft audits themselves in the past. So you can be assured that they know all the ins and outs of Microsoft Licensing and the audit process.

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