Gartner Research

Choosing Between Microsoft's Select and Enterprise Agreements

Published: 02 July 2012

ID: G00225783

Analyst(s): Frances O'Brien


IT procurement professionals frequently ask whether they should license their products under Microsoft's Select or Enterprise Agreements. What some clients fail to consider is that it does not have to be all or nothing; they can license software under multiple programs.

Table Of Contents


  • Microsoft Volume License Agreement Options
    • Select Agreements
  • Enterprise Agreements
    • Enterprise Enrollment
  • It's Not an All-or-Nothing Decision
  • General Considerations
    • Can You Make a Commitment on Behalf of the Entire Organization?
    • What Is Your Technology Adoption Rate?
    • How Stable Is the Installed or Head Count Base?
    • Do You Want to Standardize Desktop Products Across the Enterprise?
    • How Predictable Is Access to Capital?
    • What Resources Can You Devote to License Management?
  • Product-Specific Considerations
    • What Microsoft Products Are You Using?
    • What Are Your Existing Licensing Entitlements?
    • What Are Your Plans for Refreshing the Desktop OS?
    • What Are Your Plans for Refreshing the Office Suite of Applications?
    • Do You Want to License Enterprise Online Services?
    • What CALs Are Needed, and How Will You Keep Them Current?
    • What Are Your Plans for Refreshing Any Additional Products?
  • Software Assurance: The Final Consideration
  • Recommendations

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