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Microsoft Migration: Act Now

Microsoft Migration: Why Should You Act Now

Be Ready to Move Forward with These Helpful, Handy Reminders

by Melissa Rivas | 04.08.15

Have you made a plan for Microsoft Windows 2003 Server end of support? Sure, July sounds warm, distant, and far away at the moment; but if you don’t plan for the future, it will happen anyway—with or without your servers being up to date. Decide on the front end how you will approach the migration with poise and grace.

You have a lot to look forward to with the new Microsoft offerings of 2015. Small Business Server 2011 is going away, but that’s okay—Microsoft is offering Windows Essentials 2012 and Windows Server Foundation 2012 in its place. Luckily, these two do not require CALs, so cheers to that! One less wrinkle on your forehead, right?

Tags:MicrosoftWindows Server 2003

Migration Plan

Don’t Have a Migration Plan from Windows Server 2003?

The Consequences Could Be Painful

by Dave Olivier | 04.03.15

Here’s a safe prediction for 2015: by the end of summer you will have finally said goodbye to that reliable workhorse of your IT infrastructure, Windows Server 2003. In July, Microsoft will stop releasing critical patches and other support for this once-groundbreaking product. In fact, you’ve got much less time than that remaining. If you haven’t yet begun your migration to Windows Server 2012 R2, you need to start planning for it now.

Tags:CloudMicrosoftVirtualizationWindows Server 2003Windows Server 2012

Could a Microsoft EA Save You 45%?

Give Us 5 Minutes and Find Out

by Lane Shelton | 04.01.15

I can’t promise you that one blog post is going to give you all the information you need about Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement (EA). But I can promise that you’ll learn about a tool that allows you to quickly find out if you should even consider Microsoft EA. And why would you? That’s an easy one, because under the right circumstances, hands down, an enterprise agreement can save you as much as 45%. Our team developed this assessment tool to get you started and it only takes about 5 minutes. Promise. Keep reading for all the specifics.

Tags:CloudLicensingMicrosoftMicrosoft Enterprise AgreementOffice

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 IncSoftwareTrue-up

Microsoft EA 101

Who It’s for and How It Works

by Jack Dillman | 03.18.15

Chances are you’ve probably heard of a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) before. It’s just a volume licensing deal for software, right? What’s the big deal? Well, a few years ago, a volume licensing program was just a better way to get bigger savings on big orders. Today, it’s a whole different ballgame.

With the rise of cloud, big data, and new ways of working, everyone’s looking for greater flexibility. As your technological landscape changes, you need to be able to download products, use them, pay for them, and bring them into the environment at your leisure—not on a transactional basis. Microsoft EA delivers that flexibility.

Tags:AzureBig DataCloudLicensingMicrosoftMicrosoft Enterprise AgreementOffice 365Software AssuranceTrue-up

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