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by Richard Smith, General Manager in World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP)
Richard is responsible for the design and maintenance of our current and new Volume Licensing Programs plus the Marketing and Readiness for Microsoft's Licensing & Pricing.
This is the first in a series of blog posts about how Microsoft’s licensing is evolving to enable customers to take advantage of two major trends: Consumerization of IT and Cloud Computing.
The “consumerization of IT” is a major technological trend changing how organizations around the world think about employee productivity. While this term has many definitions, at Microsoft, we think of it as allowing end users to make the ultimate choice about which devices, applications and services they use to get their work done.
More and more, users are favoring the tools and devices they use in their personal lives and as with this, the line between the personal and the professional technology is blurring. This can provide potential benefits for the user and the business, it also creates control, security, data and cost challenges for IT organizations. IT has the responsibility of ensuring that checks and balances are in place and that applications and devices can be controlled in an increasingly complex world.
We’re proud to share that today, Microsoft Corp. announced that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has expanded on a global Enterprise Agreement with a new Memorandum of Understanding to offer Microsoft Office 365 and other products as the standard communications and collaboration platform for its National Societies worldwide, helping provide greater licensing flexibility. The signing has the potential to serve more than 1 million volunteers and staff members in the network.
Hersing Corporation Improves IT Management and Saves Money on Future Licensing and IT Costs by Switching from Google Apps to Office 365
Hersing Corporation, a Singapore-based real estate services firm, needed to standardize its IT communications assets as multiple technologies proved difficult to manage for the firm’s 5,000 employees and agents across South East Asia. That’s when Hersing took advantage of the flexibility of Microsoft licensing to migrate to a single cloud platform via Office 365. As a result of the change, Hersing Corp. is saving an estimated $300,000, including $100,000 from infrastructure savings and the remaining $200,000 in licensing and administration costs.