Properly licensing software in a virtual environment can be a challenge for many organizations, and I’ve heard the process described as everything from a “minefield” to “a ticking time bomb.”
However, an experienced IT Asset Management (ITAM) partner can help you navigate the virtual terrain. Take this customer case study, for example.
Billing and software solutions provider Mid America Computer Corporation (MACC) was approaching its annual True-up reconciliation for its Microsoft software. To make sure the company’s license inventory was in compliance with its contract prior to renewal, MACC needed an accurate, comprehensive look at exactly what software was being used on what devices.
Kourt Jensen, Network Supervisor at MACC, faced three challenges:
- He didn’t have the time to collect a complete inventory himself.
- He lacked the confidence in the software inventory tools MACC had in place to provide up-to-date licensing information necessary for an accurate True-up.
- And he needed help understanding the licensing requirements for a virtual server environment. Continue Reading…
As the nature of the cloud evolves, so too does its licensing models. In the past, organizations were set up with licensing on a “per device” basis, but with the ongoing consumerization of IT and the proliferation of new devices (mobile phones, tablets, ultrabooks, etc.) in the workplace, many organizations are looking to cut costs by shifting focus to the user rather than the device.
To address this shift, Microsoft is raising the cost of its User Client Access License (CAL) licensing model. Effective Dec. 1, 2012, the cost of the following User CALs will increase 15 percent:
- Bing Maps Server CAL
- Core CAL Suite
- Enterprise CAL Suite
- Exchange Server Standard and Enterprise CAL
- Lync Server Standard, Enterprise, and Plus CAL
- Project Server CAL
- SharePoint Server Standard and Enterprise CAL
- System Center 2012 Client Management Suite
- System Center Configuration Manager
- System Center Endpoint Protection
- Visual Studio Team Foundation Server CAL
- Windows Multipoint Server CAL
- Windows Server CAL
- Windows Server Remote Desktop Services CAL, Terminal Services CAL
- Windows Server Rights Management Services CAL
What does this mean for you? Continue Reading…
When signing your Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA), who to choose as your Enterprise Software Advisor (ESA) should not be a difficult decision. That’s because a certified Microsoft Large Account Reseller (LAR) should have been readily available to guide you through every step of the process.
However, some partners let their sales representatives neglect a customer for 11 months, and then buddy up around renewal time. If you are one of those customers that hears from the ESA that supports your Microsoft EA only as you get close to your contract anniversary date, this blog post is for you.
The ESA you select could be the most important decision you make about the entire three-year EA. So before you sign on the dotted line, ask yourself: What kind of service levels and responsibilities should I expect from my LAR? How do I ensure the agreement is not only supported, but optimized? Am I compliant? Are my teams getting timely updates about new products and releases? How do volume licensing changes affect us during — and after — our agreement is over?
Your ESA representative should know the answers to these questions, and more. Here are 10 tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of your partnership. Continue Reading…