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Microsoft Audit Defense

Audit Defense / Internal Auditing

Microsoft randomly selects clients to be audited by a third party, such as KPMG and Deloitte. These audits can be disruptive and may lead to significant license compliance exposure. If your organization finds itself in this position, we can provide immediate Audit Defense support to navigate the audit process with optimal results. Many organizations unknowingly face license compliance risks far exceeding their annual spend, up to 9 figure amounts. We can help to reduce any license or subscription shortfall.

Our typical phased approach includes
  • Initial risk assessment
  • Internal audit
  • External audit Support
  • Audit report review and settlement support

  • Key benefits
    • Risk mitigation
    • Streamlined audit process

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Approach & Benefits

Initial risk assessment

During our risk assessment we compare your Microsoft entitlements list and discovery tool reports with our audit benchmark data. We then put forward a high-level plan to mitigate key risk areas.

Internal audit

Using detailed audit procedures for all Microsoft products in scope, we produce an Effective License Position (ELP) report, equivalent to those produced by Microsoft’s audit firms.

External audit support

From negotiating the audit scope and data collection approach to delivering technical evidence, we guide you through the external audit from start to finish.

Audit report review and settlement support

Our careful and detailed analysis of the draft ELP identifies all mitigating evidence, technical arguments and licensing interpretations that reduce your compliance exposure and strengthen your settlement negotiating position with Microsoft.

Benefit: Risk mitigation

In the majority of cases, we are able to help clients to limit the financial damage of Microsoft audits.

Benefit: Streamlined audit process

Microsoft audits often last more than a year, so by engaging us as early as possible, we can help you develop an optimal strategy.