Microsoft Effective License
Our process is designed to give you a better understanding of your Microsoft Effective License Position prior to making purchasing decisions.
This assessment is designed to:
• Document license entitlements and software deployment (including cloud licenses).
• Uncover license surpluses and deficits.
• Uncover license purchase vs assignment discrepancies
• Determine your ELP.
Microsoft Effective License Position Assessment
An internal license and software asset management audit can help maintain compliance:
Determine License Entitlements
Gather Deployment Information
Determine Effective License Position
Plan Changes to License Position
The Effective License Position (ELP) is the difference between the number of software licenses owned and the number of software copies or licenses deployed. This is particularly relevant for cloud licenses where owned licenses are often incorrectly assigned to users.
We use multiple sources of data to build out your Effective License Position:
Volume Licensing Service Center
We obtain licensing entitlements and SA benefits in the VLSC. We examine past transactions and contract purchase history and financial records.
SAM Tool (SCCM or similar)
If a SAM (Software Asset Management) tool is not currently in use or certain functionality is not available in your existing tool, we deploy Microsoft’s free tool, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, which will fulfill both functions.
There’s a chance that not everything you’ve purchased will show up on the VLSC. We double check your purchasing orders to make sure the information there is consistent.
We review your Office 365 tenancy to assess license subscriptions against actual license assignments and product usage.