Gartner Research

Choosing Between Microsoft's Select and Enterprise Agreements

Published: 12 March 2008

ID: G00155819

Analyst(s): Frances O'Brien


Enterprises frequently ask whether they should license their products under Microsoft's Select or Enterprise Agreements. What some clients fail to consider is that it doesn't have to be all or nothing; they can license software under multiple programs.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Microsoft Volume License Agreement Options
    • Select Agreement
    • Enterprise Agreements (EA and ESA)
  • It's Not an All-or-Nothing Decision
  • General Considerations
    • Can you make a commitment on behalf of the entire organization?
    • What is your technology adoption rate?
    • How stable is the installed or head count base?
    • Do you want to standardize desktop products across the enterprise?
    • How predictable is access to capital?
    • What resources can you devote to license management?
  • Product-Specific Considerations
    • What Microsoft products are you using?
    • What are your existing licensing entitlements?
    • What are your plans for refreshing the desktop OS?
    • What are your plans for refreshing the Office suite of applications?
    • What CALs are needed, and how will you keep them current?
    • What are your plans for refreshing any additional products?
    • When will Microsoft be rolling out new versions of products?
  • Software Assurance: The Final Consideration
  • Recommendations

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