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By holgerb ·
I am looking at the pros and cons of upgrading to an Enterprise Licensing Agreement. I know I can either do a full EA (OS, Backoffice CALs and Office) or partial (EA for Office or Backoffice CAL or OS).
My analysis thus far is in favor of keeping aselect agreement. I was told by the MS rep that I should not look at this from a pure economic standpoint (ie. An EA will never save money over a select!?!), that the benefits are in the soft costs - less licensing administration, full compliance, less transactions cost per po and so on.)
I'd love to hear everybody's thoughts on this topic. FYI - We have 1800 seats running NT, Office 97 and some CALs. We are looking at upgrading to Office 2000 and Win 2K.
Regards,
Holger

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by MrsPost In reply to Select vs. Enterprise

We have over 6,000 seats and we're on a Select agreement. I believe what Microsoft is trying to tell you is that when you go with an Enterprise agreement you don't need to worry about keeping track of where your licenses are. With a Select agreement you still need to track license compliance.

If you have your compliance procedures down and your purchasing people don't mind buying the licenses then I don't see a need for you to change.

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by gillespc In reply to Select vs. Enterprise

The answer depends upon your philosophy on maintaining current software on your PC's. We have struggled with this question as well. I have close to 3,000 PC's and every time we run the numbers on the EA, it makes more sense for me to stay with theSelect Agreement. When I purchase a PC, the version of software rarely changes. I can keep the same version for many years. If on the other hand, I continually upgraded my machines or if I planed a mass upgrade, then it pays to change over.

Bythe way, Microsoft is planing to stop maintaining Win 95 by the end of next year, so that may cause some people to have a mass upgrade.

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