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How to Choose the Right Option When Licensing Microsoft Office 365 in an Enterprise Agreement

Published: 09 April 2014

ID: G00260105

Analyst(s): Frances O'Brien


Compare the contractual and financial differences between licensing Office 365 as a "Transition" and purchasing the Office 365 "Add-on" as part of an Enterprise Agreement to ensure license compliance. Both options have merit, so they require careful analysis before choosing one over the other.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Compare Both Methods of Contracting for Office 365 in an Enterprise Agreement
    • Transitioning Licenses to and From Office 365
    • Plan for the Unpredictable
    • Office 365 Add-Ons Do Not Change Anything in the Base Enterprise Agreement
  • Financially Model the Cost of Transitions Versus Office 365 Add-Ons
    • Scenario 1 — Add-Ons Retain Perpetual Licenses for Minimal Extra Cost
    • Scenario 2 — Transition Costs Less for Multiple Devices or Bring Your Own Device

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