The times are a-changing…even when it comes to Microsoft volume licensing agreements.
During the last years there has been a lot of focus on user-based licensing with the introduction of Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Enterprise Cloud Suite and Windows per user. They have all one thing in common – the cloud – and they offer increased flexibility, productivity and a modern way of work.
When it comes to agreements, to purchase these services – the change has not been that dramatic. Sure, we have received updated Enterprise agreements to facilitate the new ways to license our desktops, but now it is time for some real change even for the volume licensing agreements.
Microsoft has announced that it will raise its entry threshold for Enterprise Agreement Contracts to 500 desktops from 1 July 2016. Reason enough for us to take a closer look at the Microsoft Products and Service Agreement (MPSA) as an alternative for companies with between 250 and 499 desktops.
As reported earlier, companies ranging below the newly defined threshold of 500 desktops can only conclude an Enterprise Agreement Contract until 30 June 2016. But in the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, Microsoft already offers its customers an alternative that we would now like to present to you in a little more detail. The MPSA License Program has been around since 2014, and is used to standardize license procurement for online services and software deployed in a local environment. In doing so, it brings together a variety of procurement strategies within one volume licensing program to replace a large number of individual contracts.Read More »