Dec 2017

Microsoft’s® Volume Licensing Program has been around since 1993, and its various components are the most common way organizations purchase software licenses from Microsoft. The primary agreement within the program is the Enterprise Agreement (EA), which is intended for medium [...]

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Dec 2017

Much has been said and written about Microsoft’s® post-Ballmer strategy of offering Microsoft products on devices and platforms which compete with Windows™. There were many years during which it made sense to leverage the market dominance of Windows, particularly with [...]

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Nov 2017

We have been predicting for some time that while AWS is considered the market leader in cloud computing, Microsoft has a tremendous advantage with Azure and Office 365 among enterprise customers. On November 7, 2017, Forbes declared Microsoft to be [...]

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Oct 2017

Many industry experts believe that cloud computing is still in its infancy, but we’re seeing an increasing number of large organizations abandoning their datacenters and relying upon cloud service providers for many of their IT needs. Even companies in some [...]

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Sep 2017

You don’t have to focus on Microsoft® every day to notice that they have dramatically improved their public perception (and stock price) during the past few years. Those who do focus on the software giant tend to attribute it to [...]

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Sep 2017

Sometimes I feel like I have posted about software licensing audits too often, but I keep receiving inquiries from (rightfully) concerned organizations who are being audited. Major software providers such as Microsoft®, Oracle®, IBM®, and others have increased their efforts [...]

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Aug 2017

Microsoft® has teamed with Flexera™ to provide an automated software asset management solution for their volume licensing customers. This is being presented as a way to “Increase Software Supply Chain Transparency & Strengthen Customer Relationships”, but anyone electing to engage [...]

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Aug 2017

Azure™ Active Directory (AAD) provides identity validation and access management for Microsoft® hosted products and services such as Azure, Office 365™, Intune and others. Microsoft includes basic AAD functionality with these services at no charge, but they also offer the [...]

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Jul 2017

Microsoft® has not been subtle about their focus on cloud computing. It wasn’t long ago that the mere notion of surpassing Amazon® (AWS™) or even competing for market share seemed completely unattainable, but the software giant is closing the gap. [...]

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Jul 2017

Microsoft® has a long history of bundling products together. The strategy has always been that if a customer obtains a product as part of a bundle, they will be less likely to buy similar functionality from a competitor. This has [...]

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