1. Is there an auditing tool available for SPLA in the marketplace? Not at the moment, but reach out to me via twitter or LinkedIn and we can discuss further. I have a few ideas up my sleeve 🙂
2. How do I lower my monthly reporting costs? No easy answer with this one. You need to really take an inventory/snapshot of your environment. How many VMs are really running? Can I eliminate server sprawl by virtualizing more heavily? Am I reporting users when I should really be reporting processor or cores? A lot of service providers report the same thing every month out of convenience. Don’t do that! Furthermore, if you are outside the United States, I have a few ideas for you as well. Reach out to me via LinkedIn or Twitter @SPLA_Man
3. With volume licensing there is a 1-2 ratio, meaning 1 license covers two processors with Windows 2012. Does the same hold true for SPLA? No. You must license all the processors on the machine. Check out my blog post https://splalicensing.com/category/windows-virtualization/
4. How do I compete with Office 365? You need to provide a service outside of the product itself. Check out my blog https://splalicensing.com/category/office-365/
5. My application that we developed outputs data out of an Excel file. Why on Earth would I need to license Excel? Simple…because it uses Excel.
There’s a reason why Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world. You install it…you have to license it!
Thanks for reading,