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IT Procurement's Role Is Critical in Mitigating Microsoft License Compliance Risks

Published: 08 July 2015

ID: G00271464

Analyst(s): Stephen White , Ben Jepson


Microsoft's extensive licensing complexity can create compliance risks if not fully assessed. IT procurement professionals must collaborate extensively and execute strategy, taking into account usage rights, license options and future implementation plans to create foundations for compliance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Work With IT Infrastructure Owners and Asset Managers to Determine Data Center Configurations and Future Requirements for Flexibility
    • Accessing Data Center Flexibility Through License Mobility Requires Active Software Assurance
    • License Compliance Pitfalls of the Server and Cloud Enrollment
    • Licensing for Disaster Recovery
  • Resolve the Use Rights Provided With Windows Desktop Software Assurance and the Option to Leverage Qualified User Definitions as Part of Desktop Strategy Assessments
    • Enterprise Agreements Create Enterprisewide Commitments
    • Windows Virtual Desktop Access Rights
    • Windows Roaming Rights
  • Review All Prerequisite Licenses and Defined Obligations Prior to Making Any Contractual Commitment Associated With Virtual Delivery of Microsoft Applications or Use of RDS
    • Licensing Applications by Device — Limitations and Rights
    • Further License Requirements and Considerations

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