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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

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

Remember when Windows Server 2003 debuted? A highlight that had us all excited were the advances in IT security built in by design. We’re talking about a re-engineered Internet Information Services with strong administrator control both over how Web applications run and user authentication to websites, folders and documents; a standards-based TCP/IP infrastructure, including support for IPv6; and software restriction policies to thwart inadvertently introduced gotcha code and unauthorized program installs.

Tags:BudgetComplianceGovernmentHealthcare ITITMicrosoftMigrationNext-generation serverOS EfficiencySecuritySupportTechnologyVirtualizationWindows Server 2003 EOSWindows Server 2012

Data Migration

Server 2003 EOS: A Migration Path for SMBs

Stay Agile, Competitive with Windows Server 2012

by Sarah Senftle | 02.20.15

For large enterprises, migrating to Windows Server 2012 before Microsoft officially ends support for Server 2003 on July 14, 2015 is a massive project.   Hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of servers might have to be replaced as part of the move to a modern, cloud-enabling server OS—all while keeping both migrated and unmigrated employees connected to the network and the business running without any downtime.

For small- and medium-sized businesses, a Server 2003 migration may be less complex, but it is no less critical. Once Microsoft pulls the plug, Server 2003 will be on borrowed time.

Tags:CloudComplianceHPITMicrosoftSecuritySMBTechnologyVirtualizationWindows Server 2003 EOSWindows Server 2012

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