Microsoft Enterprise Agreement “EA” Assist

Manage cost, control risks, improve strategic planning and minimise the effort associated with Microsoft license position management, timely Enterprise Agreement True Ups and Renewals.

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) Assist

Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement helps organisations to respond to the rapidly changing technological landscape by enabling access to the latest cloud services and on-premises software. Microsoft EAs help organisations to streamline licensing, access volume discounts and avail of additional support benefits.

Annually, organisations must complete a Microsoft EA True-up involving the acquisition of software licenses based on consumption in the previous 12 months. Without the necessary in-house expertise, governance and data-driven insights, there is a heightened risk of both financial waste and license non-compliance where Microsoft EAs are not tightly controlled.

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Management Challenges

Version 1 has observed the following common trends when assisting customers with Microsoft EA True-up and renewal cycles.

Average Rate of Microsoft License Compliance Risk
Rate of Risk Management
Average EA Cost Savings Attained

Microsoft EA Assist™ Approach

Available as an on-demand or ongoing managed service, Version 1’s Microsoft EA Assist service is comprised of license advisory, baseline management and optimisation support.

Built upon the consultative experience and expertise of the Version 1 License Optimisation team, Microsoft EA Assist’s core purpose is to enable organisations to optimise Microsoft license procurement, reduce the complexity of Microsoft license management, prevent license compliance risks and support strategic planning, enabling optimum Microsoft EA lifecycle management.

As independent license experts, if your situation dictates the migration to or adoption of the Microsoft CSP program, we can advise and guide you through this process.

Microsoft EA Assist Delivery Elements

Contract Analysis
Understand current and future Microsoft contractual position. Verify license entitlement and technology guarantees.
License Position Development
Compare license entitlements to deployment and usage data. Identify imbalances and target optimisation opportunities.
Current and Future State Analysis
Confirm viability of license optimisation opportunities. Verify future state requirements and their associated licensing impact.
Negotiation Assistance
Develop right-sized true up and agreement renewal bill of materials. Negotiation strategy, formulation and assistance.

EA Lifecycle Management
Service can be delivered as a one-off project or ongoing management to maintain compliance & cost benefit on a continuous basis.
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Benefits of Microsoft EA Assist

Microsoft EA Assist enables organisations to maximise the value they attain from their Microsoft licensing agreement and as a result, can expect to realise the following benefits:

Cost Optimisation
Prevent Microsoft licensing waste and control cost
Reduce Risk
Reduce software license non-compliance risk
Strategic Planning
Support strategic planning and accurate software license forecasting
Effective Resourcing
Avoid the need to allocate internal resources to manage Microsoft licensing solutions
Improved Negotiations
Take control and optimise Microsoft negotiations
Strengthened Relationship
Strengthen your Microsoft relationship with proactive EA management

Why Version 1?

We will always put the customer first. We are technology agnostic, providing a modular plug & play approach to each set of unique customer requirements. We enable clients to make better, more informed decisions on their software estate; understand the options and make the right decision for you. Our priority is to give the best advice. Our Microsoft Software Asset Management "SAM" practice includes a seasoned team of professionals with a depth of Microsoft Licensing Optimisation and Software Asset Management experience.

Reduce Cost & Risk
  • Assessment
  • Advice
  • Procurement
Trusted Advisor
  • Independent
  • Tools Agnostic
  • Experience
Market Leading Expertise
  • Breadth & Scale
  • Technical Background
  • Ongoing Staff Education

Fireside Chat – The Importance of an Effective Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Renewal

Renewing your Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) is a ‘once in a three-year’ opportunity to maximise cost savings, drive adoption of new technology and manage risk. Effective planning for this activity is, therefore, essential. Version 1’s recent fireside chat between Jason Pepper, Head of SAM Practice and Karl O’Doherty, Senior Microsoft License Consultant aims to highlight some of the key actions and activities to consider as part of your Microsoft EA renewal planning.

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