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Survival Guide to the Microsoft Compliance and Audit Jungle

Published: 27 March 2013

ID: G00248368

Analyst(s): Dolores Ianni, Roberto Sacco, Victoria Barber


The most commonly used software in organizations of all sizes comes from Microsoft, so receiving an audit letter from this vendor can create a lot of extra work for poorly prepared software asset managers. But these audits don't have to be a problem, if you know how to manage them.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Check all of Your Microsoft Contracting Details for Audit and Compliance Provisions
  • Manage the Audit Using Your Established Audit Governance and Processes
  • Check for Conflicts of Interest Before Using Third-Party Auditors
  • Validate and Agree Entitlement, and Resolve Differences Between Your Own and Microsoft's Records
  • Maintain Assignment Records in Line With Contractual Requirements
  • Correctly Identify Software Installation and Access in Reports
  • Prioritize the Assessment of Complex Licensing That Carries a High Risk
  • Conclusion

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