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Past, Present, and Future Version Rights Are Critical in Driving Higher Value From Microsoft EA

Published: 28 May 2014

ID: G00262506

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

Summary

Renewing a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement centers on assessing rights to current product versions and timing the need for entitlements to new versions. IT procurement managers should complete and act upon an analysis of future software version needs to negotiate better Software Assurance value.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • The Challenge

Analysis

  • Step 1. Examine the Past to Determine Historical Upgrade Cycles
  • Step 2. Assess Your Current State to Determine Version Entitlements
  • Step 3. Formulate Your Future State by Comparing Deployments and Entitlements Against Microsoft's Support Lifecycles and Product Road Maps
    • Know the Relevant Microsoft Support Lifecycles
    • Know the Relevant Microsoft Product Road Maps
  • Conclusion

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