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By Richard Smith, General Manager in World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP)
Richard is responsible for the design, marketing and training of our current and new Volume Licensing Programs.
This is the fourth 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.
Employees today demand the technology that makes it easiest for them to get the job done, whether it’s a company-owned PC or their own personal tablet. The growth of this Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend is clear: Forrester estimates that we will see 905 million tablets in use for work and home by 2017 and that BYOD scenarios span at least 258 million global information workers. According to ZDNet and TechRepublic’s BYOD Business Strategy Survey, 62% of companieseither already have BYOD allowances in place, or plan to by the end of 2013.
Looking further ahead, Gartner predicts that half of the world’s businesses will implement BYOD programs by 2017 and will no longer provide computing devices to their employees. According to Gartner, the average cost of more than $600 per-employee, per-year for company-provided devices along with factors like increased employee satisfaction, has helped drive the BYOD movement.
VIDEO: With the launch of System Center 2012, the enterprise datacenter evolves in a fundamental way, with huge implications across the business. Hear what’s behind System Center 2012 from the Microsoft engineers and product managers who build the product.
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Earlier today, Microsoft announced the System Center 2012 release candidate during a live webcast featuring Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business. In the webcast, Nadella outlined how Microsoft’s private cloud solution will help businesses move faster, save money and better compete in 2012 and the future.
Recently, at the Worldwide Partner Conference the Licensing and Pricing team announced the future availability of Microsoft’s new Partner Quoting Tool -- MS Quote -- created to give channel partners more flexibility and help drive revenue and growth opportunities. With over 430,000 organizations in the Microsoft Partner Network (and 160 million mutual customers worldwide), Microsoft is making key investments to assist partners with customer acquisition and retention impact. Cloud, Big Data, Devices and Mobility, and Enterprise Social have been identified as areas with the largest opportunities in the current marketplace and Microsoft is working to provide partners with the right tools within each to accelerate business growth, compete and become more profitable.
Join the more than 5,000 IT and procurement professionals who have already gain Microsoft licensing Expert accreditation; Take the new licensing SQL Server 2012 and Licensing Office 2013 and Office 365 classes and become an expert
In the past year, more than 5,000 students have passed the Customer Licensing Expert program launched last summer at Tech Ed North America. In celebration of the program’s success, Microsoft Volume Licensing hasadding two more accreditation classes for IT pros and procurement professionals through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
The Microsoft Volume Licensing team has updated its news Web site. Not only does the site have a new look and feel, it features the latest news and views of Microsoft Volume licensing and pricing from within and outside the organization—all in one convenient place.