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How to Protect Your Organization From Microsoft's Changing License Metrics and Shifting Use Rights

Published: 28 October 2014

ID: G00269216

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

Summary

Web-based documents that change frequently, contain binding licensing terms and impose the latest product use rights at contract renewal are referenced within documents Microsoft presents for signature. IT procurement professionals must act to minimize detrimental impact to cost and compliance risk.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Identify All Changes to Microsoft's PUR Document and SA Entitlements Since Your Current Contract Was Signed, and Prepare to Negotiate Concessions With Microsoft for Those That Are Detrimental
  • Identify and Analyze the Impact of Microsoft's Changes to its Server Licensing Models Since Your Current Contract Was Signed, to Mitigate the Significant Cost Increases That Could Occur
  • Check Microsoft's PL and PUR Changes to Identify Products That Have Been Eliminated or Areas Where Functionality Has Been Rebundled, as These Could Have a Detrimental Impact on Your Organization's Microsoft Licensing Cost or Compliance Risk

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