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Don't Sleepwalk Into an Unintended Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement

Published: 12 February 2013

ID: G00246248

Analyst(s): Stewart Buchanan


Software buyers must keep up with their organization's evolving use of Microsoft software to license it cost-effectively. Use this analysis to evaluate options, verify licensing requirements and optimize software costs.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Buyers must plan and negotiate licenses for external IT collaborations, joint ventures, acquisitions, divestments and bring your own device to avoid expensive mistakes
  • Many procurement specialists are unaware that volume licenses with software assurance can only be used with a Microsoft-approved cloud services provider under License Mobility
  • Few end-user organizations plan a SPLA but many are accidentally drifting into noncompliance and unbudgeted service provider licensing costs

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