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Minimize Licensing Costs for BYOD When Windows Client Is Included Under Microsoft Enterprise Agreement

Published: 23 January 2014

ID: G00259236

Analyst(s): Michael Silver

Summary

Organizations with an Enterprise Agreement (or other Qualified Device-based contract) that don't take Microsoft licensing into account when designing a BYOD program risk significant increases to licensing costs, and may have to pay for software even if users don't run or access it from the device.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • The User Owns the Hardware, but Who Owns the Software?

Analysis

  • Ensure That You Know What Components Are Covered in Your EA and What Constitutes a Qualified Device
    • Enterprise Products
  • Design Your Project Around the QD Definition to Reduce Licensing Costs
  • Model the Cost of Licensing Your Users and Devices to Understand the Least Expensive Way Windows Can Be Licensed Under EA While Remaining Manageable
    • The Organization Bears the Burden of Proof in an Audit

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