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Microsoft Audit Defense

Keep one step ahead of Microsoft and it’s audit Partners

Microsoft randomly selects customers 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 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.

Audit support stages

  • 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.

Key benefits

  • Reduce financial commitment

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

  • 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.


  • Predictable outcome

    With our knowledge of Microsoft audits, we can model what the outcome of an audit is likely to be. This can be used to strengthen your position towards Microsoft.

  • Stay compliant

    Our methodology will make optimal use of the licenses you already own, and will help minimize any risk of non-compliance that could be detected through an audit.