Author Profile

Ben Jepson

Ben Jepson

Sr Principal Analyst

10 years at Gartner,  17 years' experience

Location:  United Kingdom  |  Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Ben Jepson is a Sr. Principal Research Analyst in Gartner, where he is part of the IT Sourcing Procurement and Vendor Management Leaders Worldwide team. His research efforts are focused on Microsoft licensing/contract negotiation, Microsoft SAM engagement and audit best practices.


Previous Experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Jepson worked mainly on Microsoft compliance reviews for clients, reconciling inventory data (what software they had installed on what devices) against license entitlement. He delivered reports detailing their current license position, offering advice on how to cost-effectively mitigate any risk and recommending the best license models to adopt and best practices going forward to help them stay in control of their software licenses.

Professional Background

  • Insight, Account Manager, 2 years
  • Kelway SAM Practice, Software Asset Management Consultant, 2 years
  • Microsoft, Licensing and Software Asset Management, 3 years


  • B.S., with honors, Sports Management, 2:1 (Upper Second Class Degree), Bournemouth University

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Large Organization Microsoft Licensing MCP
  • Microsoft Business Value Planning Services (BVPS) MCP
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
  • Small/Medium Organization Microsoft Licensing MCP
  • Software Asset Management Microsoft MCP