Chance to have a say on licensing

Microsoft's planned revamp of its Software Assurance subscription licensing programme in September will fuel debate among IT directors across public and private sector organisations. Does it suit your organisation in terms of the frequency of upgrading? Is it value for money? Are the added benefits what is needed?

Microsoft's planned revamp of its Software Assurance subscription licensing programme in September will fuel debate among IT directors across public and private sector organisations. Does it suit your organisation in terms of the frequency of upgrading? Is it value for money? Are the added benefits what is needed?

It is important for users to drive these debates and ensure their Microsoft contacts are aware of any concerns. Even though the UK is just a subsidiary of the mighty Microsoft empire, the software giant has demonstrated a greater sense of maturity in the last few years, compared to the 1990s. Significantly, thanks to UK users, among others, it radically altered the introduction of Software Assurance in 2001, to help IT directors budget for the new licence.

As details emerge as to how Software Assurance will be extended over the coming weeks, it is clear that there is an opportunity for users to lobby Microsoft to get want they want. Among the private and public sector organisations Computer Weekly has contacted this week, there is concern that the scheme in its current form is proving unsuitable.

The question is how adaptable will Microsoft be. The only sure way to find out is to raise your concerns with your Microsoft representative now.

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