Michael Stack

Corp LE Team Lead – Strategic Licensing Executive

Michael Stack SHI Microsoft licensingMichael Stack is a Microsoft licensing expert in SHI’s Software and Licensing department. Michael strives to make software licensing simple and give organizations the confidence in their licensing decisions. He educates companies about the latest Microsoft licensing rules and changes, from SQL Server to Office 365, and shares best practices with customers to navigate license renewals and true ups. Michael also conducts cost modeling exercises that show organizations the full range of software licensing scenarios. Internally, Michael trains fellow licensing executives and account executives so they’re better equipped to advise their clients.

Michael joined SHI in 2011, and was named SHI’s Licensing Executive of the Year in 2013. Before joining the company, he spent four and a half years at Insight Enterprises.

Michael’s technical certifications include:

  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – Licensing for Large Organizations
  • MCP – Licensing for Small Organizations
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) – Software Asset Management

Connect with Michael on LinkedIn.

The ultimate guide to Microsoft SQL Server licensing

MazeMicrosoft’s grant program for SQL licensing expires on April 1, 2015. If you haven’t taken advantage of the grant’s offer of free per-core licensing, it’s time to determine if you’re eligible and act.

This offer and deadline are just one piece of a larger update to the way organizations license Microsoft SQL Server. While the new rules were enacted with the release of SQL Server 2012, many organizations are still trying to understand what these changes mean for them.

To help you better understand these agreements, we’ve written a primer explaining the main ways SQL is licensed, and the many other factors you have to consider when determining your licensing requirements. (more…)

You may also be interested in:

Join SHI for a Microsoft Office 365 Webinar on Feb. 28 Whether you're a small or midsize business, an academic institution, a government organization, or large enterprise with advanced IT requirements,...
Get Intune with Microsoft licensing and desktop optimization With the weather heating up, both the spring season and our Microsoft Spring 2013 Webinar Series are rapidly coming to an end. But don't fret, we st...
Microsoft makes changes to BizTalk Server licensing model Earlier this week, Microsoft introduced BizTalk Server 2013 and with it, a new licensing model. Instead of the per-processor licensing model customers...

Act now before you miss this Microsoft SQL licensing grant

hourglassIf you run Microsoft’s SQL Server, mark April 1, 2015 on your calendar – it could save your organization thousands of dollars.

That’s because April 1 is the deadline for Microsoft’s processor-to-core conversion grant. You might recall that Microsoft updated its licensing policies along with the release of SQL Server 2012. These rules changed the way servers were licensed, shifting from processor-based licensing to licensing the physical core. Now, in order to run SQL 2014, customers with an Enterprise Agreement (EA) must true up their per-core licensing, and doing so before April 1 will grant them blocks of free licenses.

As part of Microsoft’s extended grant incentive, customers that true up their licensing before April 1, 2015 will receive SQL per-core licensing grants for actual cores in use. Organizations that wait to complete this process until after April 1 will receive the minimum grant for only four cores per processor, leaving organizations to cover the rest. (more…)

You may also be interested in:

Windows 8 shows us the next generation of Microsoft Microsoft plans to release the next full version of its desktop OS, Windows 8, later this fall. On the heels of this announcement last month, I took t...
Top 4 questions customers are asking about the migration to Windows Server 2012 In my last post, I went over how those planning to switch to Windows 8 can best prepare for the conversion. However, in addition to Windows 8, Microso...
Microsoft User CAL pricing is changing. Here’s what you need to know. In December 2012, Microsoft increased the cost of the User Client Access License (CAL) by 15 percent. Here on the SHI blog, we discussed the evolving ...