How SMB’s should manage Microsoft Audits

Presented by

David Foxen, SAM Evangelist - Kelly Wood, Licensing expert

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Microsoft is one of the biggest software vendors on the planet. In their portfolio they boast some of the most recognisable names in the software industry. They also boast some of the most complex licensing metrics in the industry. Small and Medium Business (SMBs) in particular face unique Microsoft licensing challenges, with confusion about upgrade and downgrade rights, cross edition rights and even the Companywide rule, SMB SAM Managers spend the majority of their time managing their Microsoft estate. We are also finding that auditors are knocking on their doors – so how can you prepare yourself for the dreaded ‘A’ word? Join David Foxen and ex Microsoft employee and licensing guru Kelly Woods as they discuss the challenges faced by SMBs with Microsoft licensing, how you can be audit ready and how you can be proactive and efficient in your management of Microsoft licenses.

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