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Microsoft's Products and Services Agreement for Licensing On-Premises and Online Services Deserves Careful Consideration

Published: 23 January 2015

ID: G00269467

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

Summary

The new Microsoft Products and Services Agreement can increase IT procurement's buying power by combining on-premises and online services orders across multiple resellers and geographies. However, the evolutionary nature of its unique terms and portal will create some migratory challenges.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Consolidate On-Premises and Online Services With Multiple Orders Across Geographies and Resellers
    • The MPSA Combines On-Premises and Online Services
    • Consolidation of Orders Achieves Better Pricing
    • The MPSA Supports SMB Growth Into Office 365 Enterprise Plans
    • International Purchasing Has Price Advantages Under the MPSA
  • Optimize Online Costs for Early Entry Into the MPSA
  • Get Your Software Asset Manager to Oversee the MPSA's Transactional Changes
    • Software Assurance Is Different Under the MPSA
    • Some Product Offerings Are Currently Not Available
    • Terms Move From Evergreen to "Subject to Change" in the Licensing Manual
  • Verify That IT Asset Management Tools and Processes Are in Place Prior to Migrating to the New MPSA Portal
    • Improved Administration for Online Services
    • Improve Software Asset Management for Managing Entitlements From Multiple Sources

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