Microsoft Effective License Position

Microsoft is one of the most complex software vendors when it comes to licensing, with different licensing models and little consistency.

We offer a robust combination of technical, contractual and audit expertise in Microsoft software and services license compliance. We help you to not only simulate compliance assessments from Microsoft’s auditors, but also to explore licensing alternatives that could deliver significant savings.

Internal compliance review stages

  • Entitlements reconciliation

    The foundation of every internal compliance review is a careful assessment of what you are currently entitled to. We process an MLS (Microsoft license statement) from Microsoft order history data as well as any other contractual information.

  • Information collection plan

    Based on the Microsoft scope and existing discovery tools we develop a detailed information collection plan.

  • Deployment evidence collection

    We guide internal stakeholders and administrators to establish the deployment quantity for each Microsoft product, and ensure you have accurately accounted for all installations.

  • Compliance report

    Our effective license position (ELP) report reflects the compliance position for each Microsoft product in scope. If there are any apparent license shortfalls, we recommend remediation or optimization measures.

Key benefits

  • Get clear insights of your environment

    The ELP shows the areas where you are not at risk, and where you need to be careful. The outcome of the internal audit can help you better understand your IT landscape and take control of your future direction.

  • No tool dependency

    We do not require any specific tools to be installed for our assessment and can fit our approach to suit your current set-up.


  • Understand your effective license position (ELP)

    We will both explain your ELP and your options to remediate and optimize your technical estate.

  • Establish your financial risk

    Besides unclear contracts, technical staff are not aware of risks caused by deploying software in every possible way. We will provide you with a report showing your potential financial risks.