Depending on your needs, the SAM Services program provides assistance for just about every scenario:

  • SAM Baseline Review
  • Cloud Productivity
  • Cybersecurity
  • Server Optimization
  • Infrastructure Optimization
  • Hosting (SPLA)

Find more information on the types of SAM engagements available in the Use cases section.


Experts at your service

Implementing a SAM program can be challenging, no matter how large or small. This is especially true if your organization has not been keeping track of any of its software or licenses,
and if you have a mix of desktops, mobile devices, and servers in your infrastructure. Fortunately, there are a number of Microsoft partners available to help if you need it.


Benefits of a Microsoft SAM partner

A trusted SAM partner can help your company control costs, get more out of your investments, and lessen business and legal risks through more effective management of software assets by:

  • Helping your IT department better forecast and control expenditures as your company grows.
  • Highlighting under and over utilized assets that can be better optimized to operate in the most efficient and effective way.
  • Helping you inventory your software and hardware, track your licenses, review your policies and procedures around software procurement and deployment, and much more.

SAM certifications

Microsoft offers training, resources, and certification to partners who specialized and pass exams in various products and services through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). The MPN SAM certification requires partners to provide specific services to help you assess, implement, and maintain a solid SAM program. At a minimum, you should expect your partner to be able to:
  • Coordinate the collection and assessment of your current deployment and licensing position.
  • Design or improve your SAM program.
  • Provide recommendations on policies for the acquisition, deployment, and retirement of software assets.
  • Utilize the deployment and usage data captured to help optimize your software assets more effectively.


Partner and SAM engagements

Your partner will customize your SAM engagement to align with your needs and goals. However, they should always follow a general engagement process and provide value-based deliverables to you during and at the conclusion of the engagement.

For more information on what to expect during a Microsoft SAM engagement view the SAM engagement section or download helpful documents, whitepapers, and more from the resources section of this site.


Partner and SAM engagements Things to consider when engaging a partner

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

  • Provide valuable experience and knowledge about SAM?
  • Have an in-depth understanding of on-premises and cloud software licensing?
  • Have a solid IT background, enabling them to evaluate the pros and cons of different SAM tools as well as provide guidance on asset optimization?

SAM + other certifications

Many Microsoft Partners have certifications in multiple areas such as cloud and mobility solutions. Ask your SAM Partner if they provide other services or have relationships with other partners who can provide those services. Depending on your goals and SAM engagement results and recommendations, you may be ready to take the next step to migrate to the cloud, for example.

Find a partner

Search the SAM Partner listings in Microsoft Partner Center to locate a partner near you. Microsoft works with many partners to offer customized solutions to fit your business needs. In Microsoft Partner Center, you can search partner solutions and profiles based on specific criteria to find a partner whose solution can address your business challenges and support long-term goals.