A government-imposed Microsoft software license audit involving NHS trusts could prove lucrative for the software giant’s channel partners.
NHS trusts have been asked by the government to register the total number of Microsoft software licenses they hold by 1 October.
VAR Civica Services said the audit could result in trusts having to make corrective software purchases through Buying Solutions-approved Microsoft partners if any shortfalls are found.
Steve Reynolds, managing director of Civica, said: "With expert resellers help, the audit process can be planned and completed in under a week."
News of the audit follows on from the government ending Microsoft's long-standing Enterprise Agreement with NHS Connecting for Health earlier this year.
As a result, all NHS bodies now have to manage their own Microsoft software licensing requirements with no central financial assistance or support.
“The transition from central allocation to individual trusts has placed concerns about the software licences available, and how to manage these assets moving forward,” said Reynolds.
“NHS trusts must take steps to understand the extent of their software assets and ensure compliance.”
However, although the audit process might seem onerous, its outcomes will help NHS trusts save money, added Reynolds.
“The reconciliation of licences is a clear opportunity for IT managers to fully understand their software assets for the first time and drive costs out of their software purchasing budgets over the next three to five years.”
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