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Ben Jepson

Sr Principal Analyst

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

Kelway SAM Practice

Software Asset Management Consultant


Licensing and Software Asset Management


Account Manager

Areas of coverage

Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management Leaders


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

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Microsoft Product License Models

2Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) Updates/Negotiation

3Microsoft Agreement Information

4Microsoft Audit Advice and Best Practices

5Microsoft Software Asset Management (SAM) Engagement Best Practices