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How to Align Microsoft Licensing and Cloud Subscriptions With Business Objectives to Mitigate Cost

Published: 14 September 2015

ID: G00278268

Analyst(s): Stephen White


A best-fit approach aligns Microsoft licensing and cloud services with business requirements. Technology procurement leaders must address extensive details and variations in usage rights to unlock opportunities, such as role-based segmentation and enterprise product alternatives.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Segment User Groups and Create License Profiles Before Contracting With Microsoft
    • Role-Based Segmentation for Client Access Licenses
    • Fitting Windows to Business Requirements
    • Role-Based Segmentation Considerations for Office
  • Collaborate With IT Managers to Identify Usage Requirements as the Foundation for Contracts, and Examine License Options and Usage Rights for Fit and Flexibility
  • Establish Where Software Assurance Coverage Is Required for All Instances of Each Title, and Avoid Enterprisewide Commitments Where Alternative Mechanisms Provide Cost-Effective Solutions

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