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When to Use Microsoft's Server and Cloud Enrollment Volume Licensing Program, and When to Avoid It

Published: 30 October 2017

ID: G00337723

Analyst(s): Marie Sienkowski


Microsoft's Server and Cloud Enrollment offers discounts and benefits over the Enterprise Enrollment, but requires Software Assurance or subscription licenses for all licenses in use within product families. Sourcing and vendor management leaders must weigh these commitments against benefits.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Decide Whether the Installed Base Commitment Is the Right Choice for Your Organization
  • Determine Whether the SCE's Discounts and Benefits Offset Additional License Purchases to Meet Minimum Commitments
  • Ensure That IT Stakeholders Are Aware of the Minimum Use Obligations and Benefits of the SCE
  • Determine Whether Subscription Options Are Lower-Cost When License Needs Are Temporary

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