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Microsoft License Optimization

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Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA)

There's a Big Change Coming to the Microsoft EA Program

What This Means for Your Essential Software Licenses

by Lane Shelton | 01.13.16

Microsoft announced that they are making a strategic change to the Enterprise Agreement (EA) program beginning on July 1, 2016. They will raise the minimum commitment for commercial customers signing new Enterprise Enrollments and Enterprise Subscription Enrollments from 250 to 500 users/devices. Existing customers approaching renewal with fewer than 500 users/devices will be able to extend their current Enrollments for 36 months, in keeping with current program rules. This is the most significant customer-program change from Microsoft since they created the direct EA in 2001. What does this change mean for you? Read on, and I’ll break it down for you.

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Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 is new territory for Microsoft. It’s a transformational move at the center of their productivity stack. Tried and true products like Office, Project, and Visio are being transformed into online solutions. Right now that’s a mix of in-the-cloud and on-premises, what some call “software plus services.” But the reach is extending beyond the center: now there’s CRM online, Visual Studio Online, SQL Power BI, Microsoft Azure, Azure Active Directory—and the list keeps growing. We all know how that’s affecting the licensing—shifting from “I own it” to “I’m pretty much renting it, forever and ever.” That by itself is a tough choice for many customers to make, and requires careful and thorough due diligence. And while I won’t detail this today (really), I want to remind you to talk to us about our Microsoft License Optimization (MLO) process if you’re struggling with it—we can help. 

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