There are BIG changes in store for SPLA – some great, some bad, some indifferent. Windows 2016, Windows 10 in Azure, Shared Computer Activation, etc. I will write about the updates shortly.
With all this change, Microsoft and other publishers recognize the complexities in tracking all those licenses. In short, they know many (if not all) service providers have a difficult time staying compliant. That’s one reason they audit. I always say, if you go on vacation for a week be careful; Microsoft just might change the licensing rules on you. So where do you turn for audit support and assistance? How do you know what auditors are collecting is accurate and how do you know what Microsoft and other publishers tell you is accurate? I can promise you it not always is.
Some people can play piano with their eyes closed; others can speak multiple languages fluently; and yet others can mow the grass while guzzling a beer. Net of it is we all have our specialities; mine just happens to be interpreting data, negotiating down audit costs, and understand the licensing rules inside and out. Who else writes about SPLA in their free time? (I really need to get out more).
You have enough to worry about with your business, the last thing you need is an audit. Let us take that pressure off of you and put it on us. (or the vendor)
Thanks for reading,