Navigating a Microsoft Audit

March 26, 2020 1pm EST | 10am PST Your Desk!

Save Your Spot

So you’ve received the dreaded Microsoft software audit notification letter – now what? In this session former Microsoft auditor, Savannah Zeller will lay out what to expect during the audit, what data will be asked for, and what you can be doing (before and during the audit) to set your company up for success. She will also touch on the biggest audit cash cow items and what you can do to not fall into the trap.  Additionally, former Microsoft auditor and audit practice leader, Tres Larsen will discuss the best negotiation angles to gain leverage when you see the audit findings bill.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding your role in the audit
  • Data collection and items of concern
  • Negotiation tactics to lower the audit findings bill


Savannah Zeller

Senior Analyst

Savannah joined ClearEdge in 2020 as a Senior Analyst on its compliance team, to focus on Microsoft, RedHat, Sussie and Adobe mock audits. Before coming to ClearEdge, she worked as a Senior Associate at KPMG, where she performed software audits for Microsoft and Autodesk, and accumulated expertise on Microsoft licensing rules and project management. Savannah attended Washington State University where she rowed for the Lightweight Women’s Rowing team, served as a coxswain for the WSU Men’s rowing team, and earned a B.A. in Management Information Systems. In her spare time, she enjoys home renovation projects and spending time with her husband and three dogs.

Tres Larsen

Managing Director, Audit Software Services

Tres has led hundreds of Software Asset Management (SAM) reviews and audits for Microsoft and other enterprise software vendors and helped dozens of enterprises design and implement effective SAM programs and navigate software audits. Tres established and led KPMG’s Microsoft software compliance program in the U.S., where he designed and developed the audit methodology and audit data collection tools. A frequent speaker at software industry events, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). Tres has a Masters in Information Systems Management and Bachelors degree in Accounting from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.