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Five days of strategy, networking, and deep technical training await Microsoft’s Software Asset Management (SAM) partners at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Texas, on July 7-11, 2013. With ten SAM-specific presentations — and ongoing one-on-one partner mentoring sessions — the program is a vigorous learning opportunity and a chance for SAM partners to connect with the newest industry information and trends.
“For me, WPC is the perfect place to network with my peers and people from Microsoft who you usually only get to talk to over the phone,” says Oliver Berchtold, global SAM director for SoftwareOne, a Microsoft Gold Certified SAM partner. “I always look forward to getting new information and exchanging feedback with others from different countries on our performance globally.”
Shortly after the Worldwide Partner Conference in July, we shared details about the forthcoming Partner Quotes tool, an intuitive, easy-to-use web-based solution for quoting. The tool is now available across the first group of countries – United States, United Kingdom and Canada – and will reach other locations – Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe – later in Q3 with ongoing expansion through a phased rollout.
Business processes and policies are built into the self-service quoting tool, giving our partners the ability to initiate and complete a customer quote, often without Microsoft intervention. This is a huge step forward in customer service and helps accelerate the overall process by as much as 48 hours, so customers get solutions sooner.
Summary: Microsoft publishes the Product Use Rights, commonly known as the PUR, on a quarterly basis. Because the use rights and license terms change, knowing which PUR to use when evaluating a licensing model, contemplating a purchase or downgrade, and evaluating compliance is important. In this Licensing How To post, we cover the concept of knowing which PUR applies, or which Product Use Rights document you should be using, and when you should be using it.
The Licensing How To series posts are provided by our Customer Service Presales and Licensing team members. These scenario based licensing topics are written on trending topics and issues based on their interactions with customers, Partners and field sellers. For more posts from the Licensing How To series, search the “Licensing How To” tag on this blog.
When you purchase a license through a Microsoft Volume Licensing program, the terms and conditions, or how you can use the license is primarily defined in the Product Use Rights (PUR). The Product Use Rights is a legally binding document that you agree to follow as outlined in the Agreement you sign.
Volume Licensing agreements are a cost-effective and flexible way to acquire the latest Microsoft products and services for emerging IT options and changing workforce requirements, help standardize IT, and simplify license management. Wherever possible Microsoft works to continue to drive additional value into volume licensing programs as well as simplify terms and conditions which govern them.
For instance, we have updated the Enterprise Agreement so customers can add enterprise subscription agreements into a single company agreement, and we’ve also made progress simplifying the language of the Product Use Rights document. Still, we know licensing is a multifaceted and sometimes nuanced discipline which ideally needs a continual refresh of knowledge by those who procure, maintain, and monitor software license use and compliance, raising the question: who should be on your volume licensing dream team?
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.