Up until about perhaps six or seven years ago, when you would go to a store like Best Buy or Fry’s to purchase either a desktop or laptop computer, everything came included in the box . . . except for one thing, which was the Microsoft suite of Office Products.

Depending upon your needs, most people would need the basics, such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. But there were other tools as well, as Publisher if you did graphic design work.

Back then, you would have to purchase a CD with all of these products on them in order to install into your new computer.  The licensing was fairly strict, meaning that you could only have one license at a time.

Therefore, if you needed additional Microsoft products, you would have to procure additional licenses, which, of course, could become cost prohibitive, depending upon your budget.

But with the advent of Cloud based infrastructures, such as that of Azure and Office 365, licensing has not only become more flexible, but it has also become even more affordable than ever before.  This is the focal point of this article.

What Is Enterprise Licensing?

Enterprise licensing is most often used for larger businesses, typically the Fortune 500 that have at least 500 or more employees.  An Enterprise License typically allows for unlimited usage of numerous software products, which can also be accessed concurrently at the same time by different employees.

One of the primary advantages of this is that rather than having to assign separate contracts for each different kind of software product, only one master contract is typically needed.

Typically, this then serves as an “umbrella license” from which numerous software products can be acquired and purchased.  With Microsoft, the following are required in order to procure an Enterprise License:

  • It requires at least a 3-year commitment.
  • Because of the time frame that you have the contract and the number of users, your company will be able to realize substantial savings, in the range of 15% to 45% of the software applications that you want to get for your employees.
  • In order to fully realize even greater cost savings, rather than purchasing the software applications outright, you can even get them on a subscription basis as well. This simply means that you are “renting” the rights to use such items as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  It also offers greater flexibility in the sense that you can scale up or down the total number of subscriptions that you do have, depending upon your needs.

Some of the advantages of this kind of licensing model include the following:

  • You can establish the rights to use the newest software upgrades as they are released without any additional cost;
  • You can get either onsite or virtual training in the use of your new software applications;
  • You can also get 24 X 7 technical support when needed.

The Enterprise Licensing agreement can also be a part of what is known as the “Cloud Solution Provider Program”, or “CSP” for short.  In other words, rather than going directly to Microsoft to get this kind of agreement, you can work directly with a Microsoft Partner, where they will also take care of your licensing needs, and help you directly deploy the software applications that are needed.

There are certain advantages of going through the CSP route, and this can be summarized in the matrix below:

Feature Comparison Scope of EA Scope of CSP
Required number of users At least 500 Flexible
Payment required Upfront Monthly
True Up Billing Annually None
Terms of Contract At least 3 years Monthly
Tech Support 24 X 7 Premier Level
Services Provided All Microsoft products The same as that of the EA, but also includes the latest versions
Ability to add and/or remove users Anytime as needed, but it requires “True Up” billing Anytime as needed, with no extra cost
License Flexibility None You only pay for what you use or “consume”

NOTE:  EA = Enterprise Agreement; CSP = Cloud Solutions Provider

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The Office 0365 E1 Licensing

As mentioned earlier in this article, for most businesses the basic Microsoft product needs are Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.  Given the situation that the world is facing today, video conferencing tools are greatly needed now as well.

You can get all of these and even more with the Office 365 (O365) E1 Licensing bundle.  It should be noted that with this kind of licensing model, you only get the Web based applications of these products, not the actual desktop version of it.

One of the primary advantages of taking this particular route to meet your Microsoft related needs is that the pricing is extremely affordable:  only $8.00 per month, on a subscription basis.  The following is a list of key features that you can get for your company:

  1. O365 on your wireless devices:
    You get now get the Excel, Word, and PowerPoint on any kind or type of wireless device such as those of the iOS and Android phones or tablets.  One single end user can install up to 5 applications on 5 different devices.
  2. Email/Calendars:
    You can also get Microsoft Exchange, with 50 GB per mailbox that you set up.
  3. Collaboration:
    You will also gain access to Microsoft Teams, the collaborative tool.  With it, you can do instant messaging, share content back and forth in a secure environment, plan daily projects and work schedules, and also assign specific tasks to certain members on your team. You can also host HD video and web conferencing-based meetings as well.
  4. Streamlining:
    With Microsoft Flow, you can automate your work-related processes with such features as getting notifications in real time, synchronize files in real time, and even collect data that you need for your project.
  5. Digital Storytelling:
    You will also be able to procure Sway with your O365 subscription.  With this tool, you can quickly and easily create interactive web-based reports, simulating presentations, engaging newsletters, and employee training seminars.
  6. File storage:
    Storage is very abundant with O365; you will get at least 1Tb of space initially, and can quickly ramp up to more if you need it.
  7. Enterprise grade video services:
    Does your business make extensive use of videos in order to reach out to customers?  Well, with Microsoft Stream, you can quickly and easily create, manage, and share videos with other key stakeholders as well.

Conclusions

Overall, this article has examined Enterprise Licensing, the Cloud Solutions Provider model, and the features that you get with an O365 E1 License.  Are you looking to get such a license?  Then look no further as KAMIND IT can offer this to you, with the following benefits:

  • You can get up to 3,000 E1 licenses free for 6 months;
  • No contract needed;
  • You can save your company up to $150,000

But you must apply for all of the free licenses up front, and this is a time sensitive offer, so you must act upon it soon.  Contact us for more information!!!

Sources

  1. https://messageops.com/solutions/microsoft-volume-licensing/
  2. https://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia/term/enterprise-license
  3. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/licensing-programs/enterprise?activetab=enterprise-tab:primaryr3
  4. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/business/office-365-enterprise-e1-business-software?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab