SAM for Hosting engagement

Microsoft SAM for Hosting

SAM for Hosting

Hosting and cloud services have become big business. As a result of this trend, 61% of companies now use a hosted private cloud1. Microsoft offers a SAM engagement specifically designed for hosting companies who want to optimize their current IT infrastructure and better understand best practices for reporting. The intent of the engagement is to help you get the most out of your investment while minimizing compliance risks and identifying cost-saving opportunities.

By introducing you to a set of proven processes and procedures for managing and optimizing your organization's IT assets, a Microsoft SAM for Hosting engagement can provide you with key insights and recommendations based on a full and accurate analysis of your current software deployments, license entitlements, and management processes. Through this engagement, your SAM partner will work with you to address key challenges such as getting the most out of your Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement, improving processes around SPLA reporting, maintaining compliance with industry standards, and reducing costs through operational efficiencies.

1 451 Research, Hosting and Cloud Study 2016 – The Digital Revolution, Powered by Cloud, 2016

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Manage your hosted solutions effectively with SAM

There are clearly many benefits for customers when they use hosted services. However, your customer may worry about or encounter certain challenges, which can prevent them from relying on your services long term. You can help your customer feel more confident by:

  • Providing clear reporting, so they know exactly what they are paying for.
  • Assuring them that you meet industry compliance standards.
  • Maintaining a high level of security and building trust concerning storage of corporate information.
  • Delivering reliable availability and bandwidth consistently.

Benefits of a SAM for Hosting engagement

The SAM for Hosting engagement is designed to do more than just gather software deployment and licensing information. Participating in this SAM engagement can:

  • Help you enhance SPLA licensing and reporting.
  • Provide insights into actual usage and consumption.
  • Minimize risks associated with non-compliance.
  • Help you determine protocols to maintain a high level of security.
  • Reduce costs through improved operational efficiencies.
  • Help you manage your reporting requirements.
  • Improve budget predictability.
  • Align IT, procurement, and management around organizational goals.

Solutions for reporting accurately

It can be a challenge for hosting companies to understand which licensing rules apply to them and what needs to be reported. This SAM engagement can provide you with recommendations for the new and improved processes and procedures that can help you gain maximum utilization and efficiencies for SPLA reporting and ensure that you continually and accurately report.

Key considerations for a SAM for Hosting engagement

As you consider undertaking a SAM for Hosting engagement, it’s important to consider partnering with the right advisor. This decision can impact the success of your engagement and position your business for ongoing success and management of your technology investments.

Things to consider when engaging a partner

When you evaluate a SAM partner, don't hesitate to ask questions. Does the SAM partner:

  • Provide valuable experience and knowledge about both SAM and hosting environments?
  • Have an in-depth understanding of SPLA benefits and requirements?
  • Have a solid IT background, enabling them to evaluate the pros and cons of different SAM tools?
  • Provide other services such as migration and implementation? If not, do they have relationships with other partners who do?

The SAM Process

Learn more about the SAM process and what to expect during a Microsoft SAM engagement.

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