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Pick the Right Enterprise Agreement Products for Your Requirements, Not Microsoft's

Published: 28 May 2014

ID: G00262490

Analyst(s): Ben Jepson , Dolores Ianni , Frances O'Brien, Marie Sienkowski, Alvin R. Park


Determining the products to include in your Enterprise Agreement is critical for license compliance risk and costs. IT procurement managers should review Software Assurance, user-to-device ratios and enterprise server access requirements to determine what belongs in their EA mix.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Position: You Can Save Money by Taking Windows Client OS Out of Your EA (Unless You Need a Newer Version or a Virtual Desktop)
  • Position: Reduce the Cost of Your Desktop Renewal by Up to 52% by Dropping SA on Office
  • Position: Save Up to 27% per License by Negotiating Office Standard for Users Who Won't Need Office Professional
  • Position: You Can Reduce Office Cost for Users With Multiple Devices With Office 365 User Licensing
  • Position: You Can Avoid Doubling Your CAL Licensing Costs If Only Limited Functionality Is Needed
  • Position: SA on Server Applications Can Stop Virtualization From Multiplying Licensing Costs
    • For the Complete Picture Measure General EA and SA Benefits
  • Conclusion

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