We’re pleased to announce availability of “Why an updated Microsoft Enterprise Agreement?” white paper which aims to spotlight key areas of business value customers can derive from the updated EA.

This is written with the intent to respond to feedback we’ve received from customers as well as both partners and analysts for additional perspective on why we made changes to the EA and more importantly how these changes can benefit organizations.

To pique your interest, here's the executive summary from the opening of section of the document:

Today, the blending of personal and work devices is challenging businesses to maintain secure IT environments, while ensuring compatibility. Meanwhile, organizations must more readily accommodate a dynamic and increasingly distributed workforce. For some companies these growing trends are driving their desire to deliver IT using cloud services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions.

Cloud computing and virtualization are challenging more traditional licensing models with new ways to develop, deliver and deploy applications and IT solutions. In response to these dynamics, Microsoft has made significant enhancements and structural changes to the 2011 Enterprise Agreement (EA) and relatedEnrollments.

The result is a more versatile agreement that preserves the fundamental values of the EA, while adding new flexibility to help customers license Microsoft products and services for emerging IT options and changing workforce requirements. More specifically, these new agreements include additional terms to help you license Microsoft cloud services and offer greater latitude to include devices used to access Microsoft software through VDI. Also, the EA structure has been streamlined and modified to help clarify licensing requirements, improve pricing policies, and ease compliance and overall management for Microsoft Volume Licensing customers.

When the time comes to renew your current EA, it’s invariably a decision with a number of factors to consider. The options available with modern Microsoft licensing, not to mention the effort required to review and negotiate new agreements, require that you have a clear understanding of how the updated EA licensing terms will support and impact your plans for the future.

The goal of this paper is to help explain what changes Microsoft has made to the EA, why these changes were necessary, and how these changes can benefit your organization. Consider using this paper as foundational information to help you and fellow decision makers conduct a more in-depth review of the 2011 EA.

To download the white paper please click through to the EA page on the main Volume Licensing website.

Who is this content most relevant for?

  • Customers signing or renewing an EA and wish to understand 2011 EA updated terms and conditions
  • Customers conducting an in-depth review of 2011EA terms and conditions against older EA contracts
  • And those providing guidance to fellow decision makers on updating or renewing their current EA

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