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ITDebate:MS EnterpriseAgreement renewals

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Gartner maintains that many enterprises with expiring Microsoft EAs might save money and improve their negotiating strength by terminating the EA, rather than by renewing it. Will you be terminating your EA, rather than by renewing it? Share your strategy. You can read the related Gartner article, which will be posted 3:00 AM Wednesday, at http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00620010103ggp01.htm

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by judith In reply to ITDebate:MS EnterpriseAgr ...

In South Africa, we are faced with a situation which can only be described as ludicrous. The Microsoft agreements come in from R2500 per user for Office 2000 alone - the cheapest pricing I have been able to get is R1200 per seat. Many of our usersare small to medium businesses with between 5 and 250 users. The impact on cash flow of this kind of pricing is such that most of my customers "take a risk".

When the Open Subscription Licensing was brought out, it looked like a godsend - but no. Microsoft want the above fees paid annually for 3 years with no real advantage to the client.

Renting the software is an option. However, what we are seeing here is very high entry costs for minimal benefit, particularly in an economy which isstill not growing at anything like the required rate.

The ASP concept is a good one - but again, costs are high and our Internet access is relatively expensive.

With a strong (possibly unassailable) hold on the market, I feel that it is time Microsoft made its products more accessible and awarded points for customer loyalty, truly reducing the TCO. Upgrades are fiercely expensive - perhaps some of them could be released at no charge for users who bought within a year of the new release instead of the relatively short periods allowed at present.

Certainly, 3 times the initial investment cost for the subscription option isn't a starter - maybe 50% higher to cover upgrades and support?

Sounds more attractive to me!

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by plantogo2000 In reply to ITDebate:MS EnterpriseAgr ...

After reading the Gartner article there was some confusion on my part and I went to MSN?s web site for comparison of the Enterprise Agreement being compared. A summary of the information follows the url.
http://www.microsoft.com/BUSINESS/licensing/enterprise/signingup.asp

Customer Profile: Medium and large companies willing to standardize entire enterprise on Microsoft technology with centralized purchasing, desire to build or maintain an information technology infrastructure on a standard platform of Microsoft products.
Customer size: 500+ Desktops Enterprise Applies to: Agreement 4.11 and Enterprise Agreement 5.0
Sales Channel: Microsoft Authorized Large Account Resellers (LARs) only
Get and Stay Current: Rights to get and stay current included in desktop price for all products acquired throughout the term of the EA.
Product Fulfillment: Customer receives CD-ROM kits for software media on a regular basis throughout the enrollment term.

We don?t have the number of seats for this EA to apply. However, if we did it would appear to be a game of time tag. Eventually, when and if MSN came out with either a software upgrade that was meaningful and needed or a maintenance (not error) fix(es), a company would want to havean in place EA. However, if the company is seriously looking to replace their platform software, thinks there will be a support price reduction or can?t afford to be an EA, then it appears to be prudent to delay spending money that can be delayed because there will be no changes needed to the operating environment for what is presently installed. Aside from this being practical business, it is somewhat a tongue wag at Microsoft and that may make a number of people feel good.

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