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Back in September we shared details about “What’s New with Microsoft Software Asset Management Services” and yesterday we saw an article post on Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) by Jon Roskill, CVP, Worldwide Partner Group which we thought would be of further interest.
Our friends on the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit team are pleased to announce that MAP Toolkit 8.0 is now available for download. This follows our November 2012 blog post on its beta availability: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Beta Now Available. The MAP Toolkit 8.0 download link is here.
You can accelerate your Windows Server 2012 migration with MAP Toolkit 8.0. This latest version of MAP adds new scenarios to help plan your environment with agility and focus while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Included in MAP 8.0 are hardware and infrastructure readiness assessments to assist you in planning the deployment of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, preparing your migration to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, readying your environment for Office 2013 and Office 365, and tracking your usage of Lync.
Last week the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) occurred in Toronto, Canada. During the conference we were glad to catch up with a few partners to discuss a range of topics spanning overall impressions of the keynotes, license mobility through Software Assurance, adoption of cloud technologies, how licensing updates are facilitating that adoption as well as software asset management. The first two video interviews are presented below, with a couple more to come later this week.
Again, congratulations to SoftwareONE Brasil for earning the Volume Licensing Partner of the Year Award. In addition, many thanks to Alex and James from RISE for taking time to capture their thoughts on video.
Have you grown quickly through acquisition and had trouble keeping track of all the software and licenses you’ve acquired in the process? Carousel Industries was in a similar situation and reconciled software assets while saving costs by updating its licensing strategy. It accomplished this by working with Universal Management Solutions to undergo a complimentary Software Asset Management (SAM) Baseline engagement using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit to gather inventory data. Read more in the Microsoft case study, Carousel Industries: Technology Consultant Handles Growth, Updates Licensing Strategy with SAM.
Carousel Industries has provided technology services to enterprise customers across the United States for 20 years. In 2009, the company entered into a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, part of Microsoft Volume Licensing. Just two years after entering into the agreement, Carousel Industries doubled its employee count, through both acquisitions and hiring, to reach its current size of more than 1,150 employees; three quarters of these employees are remote workers.
TechEd 2012 is only a couple weeks away. We are looking forward to all the conversations with attendees who stop by our spot within the Connect Zone in the exhibit area.
Based on customer feedback we consistently hear that gaining a deeper understanding for how best to license for private and public cloud environments is of interest. In response, Microsoft Worldwide Licensing and Pricing will be presenting a session on Monday, June 11 @ 1:15pm. The video below has a few more details.