First there was software and then there was cloud. However, only fairly recently it seems, has the realization sunk in that for most organizations it’s not a question of either or, but rather finding the best mix to support and develop the business. A foundation for a sustainable hybrid IT-strategy is a well thought-out hybrid agreement structure. When it comes to Microsoft you can of course mix software and cloud within the same licensing agreement, but mixing EA (Enterprise Agreement) and CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) licensing enables a more flexible hybrid framework. Based on an EA for line-of-business servers and applications while utilizing the flexibility of CSP user/consumption-based services for productivity tools can help you minimize risk and maximize flexibility.
For quite some time Microsoft has been talking about modern licensing solutions, it took a while but finally they’ve put their money where their mouth is. At first glance it looked like just another name change to the not so popular Enterprise Cloud Suite, commonly known as ECS in the Microsoft world of three letter abbreviations. For those of you not acquainted with ECS it was a package of Windows, Office 365 E3 and Enterprise Mobility Suite. A package licensed in a true per user licensing model. It was a “modern” replacement of the Pro- or Enterprise Desktop that has been around for years, but instead of device based licenses for Windows and Office you got user based ones and access to the productive Cloud Services including the IT management services like Intune to keep track of all your devices.Read More »