Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Office 365

Posted April 10th, 2021 by admin

The EDOS program is ideal for large companies and government organizations with more than 5,000 users. As part of an EA, customers can subscribe to microsoft online services such as Microsoft Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. Services should not be licensed at the company level, but can be reserved for each user. The customer granted either the standard edition or the corporate edition of each service. The validity of the EDOS is three years and is related to an EA. In a three-year contract, the number of desktop computers and qualified users can be adjusted for each anniversary of the contract. This allows for greater flexibility to meet changing requirements. Use rights are limited and expire when the contract expires. At that time, the only improvement in the type of monthly pricing, which allowed customers to add new users in the middle of an agreement, to pay only for the number of months remaining until the anniversary of that agreement, and then to pay the annual amount for subsequent years. It is interesting to note that Microsoft has not provided an option to reduce the number of users in the middle of an agreement, which means that, in the worst case, customers would have to pay 12 full months for users who were licensed on the first day, even if these licenses are never needed until the next anniversary. On October 1, 2018, Microsoft removed the programmatic discounts offered to A-level customers on EA (customers from 250 to 2399 seats). Without these built-in discounts, EA doesn`t offer higher prices than other volume licensing programs, without your Microsoft team taking care of discounts. EA awards are now very much on par with other programs such as CSP, which have much lower minimum requirements to launch the agreement.

At similar prices, companies should seriously begin to seriously assess the pros and cons of EA over other options. For example, an EA has more complex contract documents, a high ex ante annual cost and minimal flexibility to reduce your subscriptions. Even if your company qualifies for an EA and has more than 500 seats, these changes may encourage you to look for other options. You may need to be prepared to go beyond the expiry date to get Microsoft`s flexibility. We`ve seen organizations that have spent two months beyond the expiration date to finally reach an agreement with Microsoft. In 2014, Microsoft launched the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) program to allow the reseller community to sell Microsoft`s online services to the masses. CSP is currently the only licensing program available that increases and reduces the number of Office 365/Microsoft users 365 per month. Unfortunately, CSP is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses and its pricing is negotiated by Microsoft`s reseller community, which means that customers are limited in their ability to negotiate prices and cannot negotiate commercial terms. In addition, it presents administrative complications related to more than one licensing agreement to cover the estate of a business.

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