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Category: Licensing

What is SAM – and why do most consider it a Bad Word?

Part 1: What is SAM – and why do most consider it a Bad Word? Written by Peter Barontseff; National Account Director, SAM Division, COMPAREX Canada   Software Asset Management is commonly insinuated as Vendor Auditing of Software. It is seen as a very negative and costly experience. For most, SAM is referred to as …

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The Countdown is on!

Less than 1 Year until SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are End of Support   End of support is coming for two commonly deployed Microsoft server products. Now is the ideal time to upgrade, modernize and transform to current versions of SQL Server, Windows Server and Azure services for more security, performance and innovation. …

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Upcoming Microsoft Pricing Changes Effective Oct 1st 2018

Microsoft has been working towards their vision for a modern commerce transformation. Coming this October, Microsoft begins to make some programmatic changes across their Volume Licensing programs that relate specifically to their pricing and discounting. Consistent Pricing & Removal of Programmatic Volume Discounts: Effective October 1st 2018,: Level A Programmatic discounts for EA/SCE/Select Plus and …

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Microsoft Licensing Update: Azure No Longer Available via MPSA for New Customers

Microsoft has recently announced that as of February 1, 2017, they are no longer adding new Azure customers through the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). Azure is still available via MPSA to existing customers, as well as to new customers through Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE), and …

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2016 Wrap-Up: Microsoft’s Four Biggest Licensing Changes

by Sarah Cahill, National Licensing Solutions Manager at COMPAREX   Microsoft ushered in many product enhancements and new technology in 2016, and the year was also peppered with some pretty major licensing and program changes. As we head into 2017, these programmatical changes have made it more important than ever to re-evaluate your Microsoft footprint …

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Ch-ch-changes at Microsoft: What’s new about the license rights for Windows Server 2016 and how can higher fees be avoided?

Announced some time ago, they are now scheduled for rollout: Microsoft is all set to launch the new versions of Windows Server in the second half of 2016. Besides necessary product modifications and new cloud-inspired features, there will be a number of changes to the license rights. Similar to  its raising of the threshold for …

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