SAM Baseline Review


An end-to-end, value based assessment

We’re moving from a Cloud-first, mobile-first world to one rooted in the intelligent Cloud and intelligent edge. This transformative change is having a big impact on organizations of all sizes, bringing more digital technology into businesses in more ways than ever before.

A SAM Baseline Review engagement prepares you for digital transformation by giving you a complete view of your current Microsoft product deployment and licenses, helping you improve internal processes to lower costs, reduce risk, and improve end user productivity. Key insights show you how to optimize your software investments and plan a roadmap for migrating workloads and services to the Cloud.

You will also receive a SAM Optimization Model (SOM) Assessment that serves as the foundation and guidance for implementing an effective SAM program that aligns with ISO standards. The model is based on the ISO/IEC 19770-1 standard, which is the gold standard for SAM processes.

Benefits of a SAM Baseline Review engagement

  • Control business and legal risks related to improper software deployment 
  • Optimize hardware and software investments based on accurate and detailed inventory and user data 
  • Align IT with organizational goals 
  • Create ongoing processes for monitoring and provisioning current and future assets 
  • Highlight migration and consolidation opportunities

Key considerations for a SAM Baseline Review

As you consider undertaking a SAM Baseline Review 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.

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

  • Provide valuable experience and knowledge about SAM? 
  • Have an in-depth understanding of software licensing for many scenarios? 
  • 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.