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Microsoft Changes the Enterprise Agreement Minimum – It’s Time to Take Another Look at MPSA

Thought-Leadership by Robin Frank
on January 19, 2016

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Microsoft has announced as of July 1, 2016 the minimum user/device quantity for an Enterprise Agreement will change from the current 250 to 500. This announcement is an opportunity to discuss other options that may prove to be a better fit for your business. The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) is one of the preferred agreements suggested by Microsoft for companies with less than 500 users/devices in all countries/regions where the MPSA is available.

Why the Microsoft Product and Services Agreement?

The MPSA is a non-expiring agreement offering customers the ability to purchase only what is needed, when it’s needed. It is a fast and flexible licensing vehicle designed to move from agreement signing to product use within a few short hours. 

There is no standardization requirement of Enterprise Products on the MPSA. You choose who you want to license and what product best fits each user profile. This may be a mix of user and device cals, Office Pro Plus, Office Standard, or O365 Enterprise plans. The choice is yours and available through the MPSA.

The MPSA is designed to allow a creative purchasing structure that meets your organizational needs. An Agreement Administrator is assigned to each MPSA agreement and additional Purchasing Accounts may be defined by affiliates, divisions, departments, or locations. The combined total of purchases for all purchasing accounts are aggregated for an optimized purchasing level.

What can be purchased on the MPSA?

The MPSA offers traditional on-premise software purchases with or without Software Assurance.  If Software Assurance is the right choice for you, the option is available to pay the total up front or annually over 36 months.

If you prefer Cloud Services or a hybrid approach in your environment, MPSA offers Cloud Services subscriptions including O365 Enterprise plans to CRM, with the additional benefit of suite discounts for Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS). Recently, Azure was added to the MPSA as a pay-as-you-go option, allowing you the flexibility to pay for only the Azure used and eliminate the guess work of an Annual Commitment. 

Multi-year subscriptions are the latest addition to the MPSA. This price protection allows you to purchase one, two, or three year Cloud Service subscriptions with a price-lock, even if the market price increases.

Microsoft is continually updating the MPSA agreement with additional cloud service options.  In the near future we expect to see short term subscription options. These 1 – 11 month subscriptions are the perfect solution for seasonal or project based users. Pay only for what you need, when it’s needed.

Managed and Cloud Support for your MPSA

All MPSA O365 customers have the option to include Managed Support with their cloud purchases, provided by SoftwareONE. Our industry leading support offers both consultation services for integrating cloud products into your current infrastructure as well as product level service incident management. From your tenant administration to the day-to-day O365 product workloads, SoftwareONE Cloud Support helps facilitate a confident adoption of cloud products with their MPSA purchased footprint.

Benefits of Cloud Support

  • Tiered support plans to fit any company size, footprint, and vertical

  • Reporting analytics designed for optimizing usage, trend, and habits of your O365 tenant and products.

  • Severity level determined on the customer level for Incident or Service Requests

  • Scalability for integrating with your current support platforms allowing a customer to determine the optimal level of SoftwareONE involvement

How do I get started?

The MPSA agreement has been streamlined to an 8 page document available for electronic agreement review and signature. There is no minimum purchase or point requirement to enter the agreement and 1 year to reach the minimum of 500 points or cloud services for at least 250 users.

If you would like to learn more about how the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement is your ideal transition from the newly structured EA, click the banner below to start a conversation with a SoftwareONE Microsoft expert.

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