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Video Meetup: Volume Licensing & Software Assurance

Volume Licensing and Software Assurance policies can seem distorted due to non-standardization. However, with a little guidance from our in-house licensing experts and Spiceworks colleagues, Microsoft aficionados recently learned how to swiftly traverse the licensing pathway. Our most recent Video Meetup (VMU), Microsoft Licensing 101: Volume Licensing and Software Assurance, clarified perennial factors determining Volume Licensing capacity, including:

  • Eligibility requirements based on organizational volume
  • Immediate or scheduled payment structures
  • Permanent or temporary product use
  • Software Assurance benefits

Furthermore, the categorical structures and relative variations of the Volume Licensing matrix was outlined in regard to:

  • TRANSACTIONAL vs. COMMITTED licenses
  • SMALL (5-249 desktops) vs. LARGE (250+ desktops) licenses
  • Open Business vs. Open Value (Non company wide) options
  • Select Plus vs. MPSA (Microsoft Products & Services Agreement)
  • Open Value (Company Wide) vs. Open Value Subscription
  • Enterprise Agreement vs. Enterprise Subscription Agreement

Trusted Tech Team (TTT) licensing experts defined Software Assurance as: “a range of benefits which provide technology, services, and support to manage the software lifecycle.”  More specifically, software assurance was discussed as a product enhancement add-on for training, support, and usage rights. Ultimately, software assurance maximizes your product type or product-specific benefits.

A major takeaway from Microsoft Licensing 101 was clarifying the fact that software assurance is an oft-discarded licensing option that ultimately saves you time and money. Bonus topics covered in the VMU included:

  • How to weigh the total cost of operations (TCO) of a licensing program
  • How to determine when different Open Licensing options are applicable
  • How Software Assurance can ease the difficulty of End of Life (EOL) issues
  • How Trusted Tech Team helps IT pros fully benefit from licensing programs

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