Microsoft Enterprise Agreement “EA” Assist

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

Enterprise Agreement Assist

The Microsoft Enterprise Agreement “EA” 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 True Up involving the acquisition of software licenses based on consumption in the previous 12 months. Without the necessary people, process and tools organisations can face EA management related challenges.

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Management Challenges

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement EA Assist™ Approach

Built on industry recognised Software Asset Management “SAM” tools, EA Assist™ is a managed service comprising of advisory services, license baseline management and license optimisation support. Built upon the consultative experience and expertise of the Version 1 License Optimisation team, EA Assist™ 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.

Diagnosis & Mobilisation

Understand how software products are used and provisioned today, analyse growth plans for projected future use and assess the maturity and risk profile.

Discovery & Baseline

Implement Cloud based hardware / software discovery service, enable Microsoft license entitlement management and presented Microsoft license baseline at designated times.

Inform & Optimise

Provide independent license advisory insights that allow proactive risk management and support optimised Microsoft software procurement practices.

Benefits of EA Assist™

Organisations that avail of this service can expect to achieve the following benefits:

Control Billing
Control billing for Microsoft on-premise & cloud solutions
Reduce Risk
Reduce software license non-compliance risk
Prevent Waste
Prevent wastage associated with poorly utilised license entitlement
Forward Planning
Supports strategic planning and accurate forecasting
Reduced Workload
Avoid the need to allocate internal resources to manage Microsoft licensing
Strengthened Relationship
Strengthen your Microsoft relationship with proactive EA management

Making the Business Case

Average 30% Overspend

On average organisations with poor license management can overspend on Microsoft software by an estimated 30% per annum.

Weakened Negotiation Position

Failure to take control of EA true up’s can result in poorer discount levels and acquisition of licenses not aligned to business goals.

82% of risks can be mitigated

Compliance risk can be prevented using zero licensing cost optimisation techniques.

Telefónica UK - Benefits of a Version 1 SAM Managed Service

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, not just to secure licensing revenue. 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

Market Leading Services

Licence Audit Consulting
Designed to support organisations who are about to be audited or are in the process of being audited by a software vendor.
Our Audit Services
Cloud Licensing
Version 1 has been working in the cloud for over a decade equipping our SAM experts with both the knowledge and experience to achieve the benefits of cloud computing, removing ambiguity and delivering certainty on software license compliance.
Cloud Licensing
SAM Managed Services
Enables you to maximise and optimise the value you get from your spend. Ensuring that you have full control of your software license estate and giving confidence in your compliance position.
SAM Managed Services

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