Have you heard of ELP, or Effective License Position? The term was coined by Microsoft and serves as an important step in the software asset management process.
The basic premise of forming an ELP involves comparing your entitlements with your deployments. Establishing an effective license position means taking full inventory of software assets and comparing them against license documentation & installations. This allows your organization to see where it may be over- or under-licensed, presenting opportunities for improvements in license compliance.
One important thing to note about the ELP is that it is effective as a step in effective software asset management, not as a standalone process. Once you have established your ELP based on entitlements versus installations, you must plan a sufficient strategy from there.
Knowing your ELP and having an effective SAM program will allow you to stay on top of your license position, decrease risks and be one step ahead when external auditors arrive.
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