Abdulai Abu-Bakarr

SPLA Program Manager

Abdulai Abu-Bakarr SPLA Program ManagerAbdulai Abu-Bakarr is the SPLA Program Manager in SHI’s Software and Licensing department. He joined SHI in 2007 and has held positions in the international accounting, Microsoft operations, and the Microsoft support divisions. Abdulai is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and is also certified in software asset management.

You can reach him at Abdulai_Abu-Bakarr@SHI.com.

What the changes in Microsoft’s SPLA mean for you

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For the second consecutive year, Microsoft will make price adjustments to its Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) in January. The SPLA, which enables service providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to offer hosted Microsoft software and solutions to their end customers, covers a wide range of products, including SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and Office.

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, Microsoft will update specific products and enact some pricing and licensing changes within SPLA. Understanding these changes will help you manage current licensing agreements and better optimize your product lineup.

With the exception of the one-off January adjustments, the pricing for all SPLA services remains static month to month. Customers should report 2014 usage by Jan. 10, 2015 to use existing December pricing; orders invoiced after Jan. 15, 2015 will be subject to the new pricing benchmarks.

Some of the software upgrades rev up the power behind Windows Server 2012 options. These improvements should increase productivity, and provide additional value that matches the current price offering. (more…)

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