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Learn How Microsoft's CAL Suite Changes Will Affect Your Future Procurement Costs and Budget Planning

Published: 24 December 2015

ID: G00291816

Analyst(s): Ben Jepson , Frances O'Brien


Technology procurement leaders struggle to keep ahead of the curve with Microsoft licensing. Recent changes to Microsoft CAL Suites will benefit some organizations, but also limit flexibility and increase license costs for others.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The inclusion of ATA in the ECAL Suites requires technology procurement leaders to evaluate the need for ATA with stakeholders, or risk potential sunk costs
  • The removal of System Center CMS from ECAL Suites requires additional CALs for continued use, thus increasing license costs and making license compliance management more difficult for technology procurement leaders
  • Technology procurement leaders and their budget holders will now pay more for less-flexible nonperpetual CAL Suite Bridges, thereby further increasing customer lock-in to pay for things they may no longer need
  • Appendix

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