Scott & Scott, LLP represents clients in Microsoft software audit matters conducted by the BSA and Microsoft SAM consultants. Microsoft audits its customers using a variety of strategies. Small to medium-sized firms are frequently the target of a Microsoft audit initiated by a trade group such as the BSA. For large enterprise and mid-market firms, Microsoft audits its customers through its software asset management partner channel in what is frequently referred to as a Microsoft Software Asset Management (“SAM”) engagement.
The other method Microsoft uses to audit its customers is by requiring each customer in select volume licensing plans to conduct a yearly or monthly self audit called a “True Up.” Scott & Scott has helped its clients navigate the true-up process by assisting with the audit process and negotiating more favorable terms to the existing or renewing volume licensing agreement.
Our lawyers and technology consultants also assist companies conducting an internal Microsoft audit for license true-ups, compliance initiatives, outsourcing contracts, and in connection with acquisitions and divestitures. Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager ™ solution is a software license reconciliation tool used to assist clients in connection with a Microsoft audit. If you are responding to or conducting a Microsoft audit, please contact Scott & Scott for a free consultation.