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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.

Tags:Enterprise AgreementMicrosoftMicrosoft License OptimizationMicrosoft Products and Services AgreementSoftware

Licensing Renewal

5 Tips to Streamline Your Enterprise Licensing Renewal

What you need to know before your re-sign your EA

by Jack Dillman | 03.27.15

Enterprise Agreement (EA) licensing has become a common term in today’s business world. They present a significant opportunity for productivity benefits and cost savings, but how often do you sit down to examine your EA options? If you’re like most organizations, it’s once every 3 years—when your renewal date comes up. A lot can change in 3 years, which is why it helps to have someone on your side who lives and breathes EA details year round. Here are my top 5 tips to consider when you’re getting ready to re-sign your contract.

Tags:CloudEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftOffice 365PC Connection IncSoftwareSoftware Asset Management SAMSQLTrue-up

Microsoft

The Truth About Microsoft Enterprise Agreements

Don’t Overpay—Let Us Find the Value for You

by Lane Shelton | 03.11.15

Chances are, if you have more than 250 devices at your organization, you have heard the Enterprise Agreement (EA) pitch more than once. In fact, I agree hands down you can find results anywhere from 15% to 45% off your costs with an EA under the right circumstances. If your organization wants to license software and cloud services for a minimum three-year period, you get built-in savings and several other benefits like free training, consulting services, and tech support. Even if you’re not ready for the cloud right now, there are ways to use the EA as a licensing vehicle to gain savings and benefits, and possibly even become cloud-ready—but with the ability to move at your pace, on your terms. 

Tags:CloudEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftSoftwareSoftware Assurance

The Business Case for Storage Optimization

Make Your Data Center a Strategic Asset

by Kurt Hildebrand | 12.31.14

The explosion of data triggered by the mobile and social media revolutions have created extraordinary opportunities for enterprises to collect and analyze digital information. Naturally, enterprises also need ways to store that growing amount of valuable data. Between the requirements of the business for scalable data storage and the perpetual constraints of IT budgets, storage management—or storage optimization—is more than a best practice; it’s an imperative.

Tags:AssessmentComplianceDataData CenterEnterprise AgreementFlash DriveHybrid DrivesMobile Device ManagementMobilityStorage

SQL

Survive the "SQL-mageddon"

Renew Your Sequel Server EA with Confidence

by James Nagurney | 12.29.14

This month I want to highlight a coming event that some in the industry are calling “SQL-mageddon”. (This specialist tried to suggest “SQL-nado”, but—alas—it did not catch on.) A lot of SQL Server EAs are going to be for renewal soon, and that means you’ll want to take stock of your SQL licensing and compliance. What does this really mean for your organization? Read on for the full story. 

Tags:ComplianceEnterprise AgreementLicensingMicrosoftSoftwareSoftware AssuranceVirtualization

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