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10 Must Read Posts to Optimize Your Software Portfolio Going into 2017

Thought-Leadership by Tristan Ackley
on December 28, 2016

most-viewed-blogs-blog.pngAs 2016 comes to a close, we’re revisiting our 10 most viewed posts throughout the year. They cover a variety of topics, such as “7 Best Practices for Managing Your Annual Microsoft True-up”, while others are ripe for the moment, like “Skype for Business on the MAC Client.” So if your 2017 “IT New Year’s resolution” includes getting a grip on your software portfolio, then take a look at the below posts that generated some noise throughout 2016.


Office 365 Education Replaces E1, E3 and E4: What You Need to Know

On September 1, 2015, Microsoft launched one Education Office 365 plan called Office 365 Education, and it will be $0. This will not impact any existing Office 365 Education customers, but any aspiring academic institutions considering Office 365 for its students, faculty, and staff will no longer need to choose between E1, E3, or E4; they simply need to consider the Office 365 Education agreement.

Read the full blog here.


These Upcoming Changes WILL Affect Your SPLA Licensing Strategy

With the release of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft is removing processor licenses and adding core licenses to the SPUR. Previously, SPLA partners had to report each physical processor on each host. With the new licensing change, you must license each physical core.

Read the full blog here.


Understanding the IBM Processor Value Unit (PVU) License Metric

IBM's product portfolio is quite expansive. With a wide range of products comprising 18,860 different part numbers within IBM’s Passport Advantage Program, each available at nine different price levels, many large organizations find it difficult to maintain a solid understanding of the products relevant to their unique needs.

Read the full blog here.


Skype for Business on the Mac Client – Everything You Need to Know

For the first time in a long time, the Skype for Business Product Group has written a new product from the ground up. The people developing this product are the same group that developed the iOS software, so you know the product will be stable and tailored to the Mac user experience, unlike the current Mac 2011 client which was basically written by a Windows developer and told “good luck”.

Read the full blog here.


Microsoft Changes Their Minimum Enterprise Agreement (EA) Seat Count

Microsoft has made another bold move in its journey to simplify the customer’s experience with purchasing, licensing, and subscribing to Microsoft products and technology. As of July 1, 2016, the minimum commitment to the Enterprise Agreement (EA) program will be raised from 250 users/devices to 500 users/devices.

Read the full blog here.


7 Best Practices for Managing Your Annual Microsoft True-up

Entering into a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) guarantees a yearly evaluation of your Microsoft software deployments, i.e., the Microsoft True-up. Customers must compile a detailed list of qualified devices and/or users to determine the total license count necessary to remain compliant. In order to ensure this annual process runs as efficiently as possible, we’ve compiled a list of best practices for maintaining control of your Microsoft software assets.

Read the full blog here.


Licensing Oracle by Processor or Named User Plus – Which metric is right for you?


For most of its core technology programs, Oracle offers customers the option to license by either the Processor metric or the Named User Plus metric, but many Oracle customers remain confused about what it means to license by Processor vs. Named User Plus, and how each is best used.

Read the full blog here.


Office 365 ProPlus 2013 End of Life! What You Need to Know about Microsoft’s Update Policy

As of February 2016, all customers of the Office 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus will be automatically updated to Office 2016, unless you have specifically defined update parameters using the Office Deployment Tool or Group Policy. Without these defined parameters, Office 365 will update itself automatically in the background on a monthly basis, which could cause instability if you have sophisticated Office add-ons.

Read the full blog here.


SQL Server 2016 – A Quick Overview of Licensing Updates

You don’t consistently top Gartner’s list of Magic Quadrants without having a pretty good product. Microsoft continues to top Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems with its release of SQL Server 2016 earlier this month. The Standard, Enterprise, Express, and Web editions remain the same as they were with the 2014 version. The discontinued versions include Business Intelligence, Parallel Data Warehouse, and Parallel Data Warehouse for Developers.

Read the full blog here.



VMware Updates NSX Pricing and Packaging

VMware has recently updated the pricing and packaging of NSX. This new pricing and packaging format should allow more customers to reap the benefits of NSX. In a nutshell... there are now three editions of NSX (Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise), with varying capabilities. The edition you choose should be determined based upon the features and functionality that you need in your environment.

Read the full blog here.


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