Top Questions and Considerations for Your Next Microsoft Renewal
How to prepare for your next Microsoft Renewal
Microsoft renewals can be confusing, complex, and expensive. It seems the rules keep changing. At Earth & Sky, we make it our business to stay on top of these changes. We’re committed to reviewing and interpreting new rule changes and we’re confident we can help your business with its next EA (Enterprise Agreement) renewal.
As IT professionals who deal with these issues on a daily basis, we see a lot of IT shops and we know there is no “cookie cutter” solution.
However, as you decide how to prepare for your renewal, experience tells us you should consider these important things:
- Know your numbers:
If Microsoft audited you today, how would you do? In December, Microsoft started selling a new E5 corporate Office 365 plan at a 59% increase from its previous top-of-the-line bundle. For your business, what is the decision point, and when is the more expensive product better for you?
- Know your technology plan:
The next three years of your technology plan will guide your licensing requirements for a long time. Our goal is to right-size your licensing agreement to maximize your goals (rather than Microsoft’s). Some of the licensing decisions are not so obvious. For instance:
- Do you have a clear path to the cloud? What is your licensing model for cloud software?Have you looked at the licenses you own and mapped out their useful life?
- Would your disaster recovery strategy benefit by moving to Microsoft? What is the effect on the total cost, not just the licensing cost?
- What is the plan for servers and desktops? Does your licensing align with your hardware lifecycle?
- What about server licenses and changes? Many users will pay more for Windows Server licensing when Microsoft shifts billing from a per-processor to a per-core basis this year. How will this affect your technology plan and its deployment?
- Have you already converted all your SQL licenses from per processor to per core? Have you determined how to optimize the architecture for this new per-core model?
- Know Microsoft’s technology direction, pricing, incentives, and bundles. Understand what you own and exactly what you are paying for.
Microsoft licensing rules have undergone massive changes over the past few years. When it’s time to renew your EA, will you be prepared? Don’t get caught off guard by program and rules changes that could seriously affect your compliance status and volume licensing contract decisions. Call us so we can prepare you.
- How to choose between Office 2016 and Office 365 ProPlus licensing models
- Options for licensing Office 365 services within an Enterprise Agreement
- Licensing rules for Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2014
- New EA rules & options including Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE)
- New options for licensing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
- Windows 10 licensing changes
- Changes to the Enterprise CAL Suite and Office 365 suite contents
- Best practices for licensing developers and testers with MSDN
- Select Plus end-of-life and migration to its replacement (MPSA)
Have these questions and considerations left you wanting more information? Could your company benefit from having an expert consult with you on your next Microsoft EA renewal? Earth & Sky, INC can help! We’ll help you get the most out of your software while improving control of your licensing environment. Call us today at 858-442-9591 or fill out our form for your risk free consultation.