2. Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs for Large Organisation
Companies eligible for entering this program are large accounts, with over 250 devices or users (either one or the other, never both). Starting with the 1st of July 2016, the minimum user/device quantity for an Enterprise Agreement changed from 250 to 500. The products acquired can be Online Services or installed licenses on the company’s devices.
For the existing customers with fewer than 500 users/ devices that will not meet the count for the new minimum for their renewal, Microsoft indicates that they can extend their current enrollments for 36 months. The contractual period is of 3 years but it can be extended with 1 year or 3 years after the expiration date.
The program offers its client the possibility to create multiple acquisition accounts for academic, commercial and government organisations that can co-exist under the same contract number. Subsidiaries can also buy licenses. The payment can be done monthly, quarterly, semi- annually with spread payments, deferred payments (6 months from the program start) or up-front, with the possibility of increasing the initial declared devices.
The customer has the possibility to build a direct relationship with Microsoft and with its advisers. The structure of the program is similar to the structure of Select Plus program.
The agreement has three components:
- the Microsoft Business and Services Agreement (MBSA);
- the agreement itself; and
- the enterprise enrollments.
The customer can choose an enrollment under which he can license the Microsoft solution best suited for his needs. There are 3 enterprise agreement enrollments:
Enterprise Enrollments: includes online or on-premises services, user/device or hybrid licensing option, the possibility to move from on-premises licenses to equivalent of online services during the program. Enterprise products may be ordered as separate products and in groups also known as Enterprise Platform.
Enterprise Cloud Suite is the per user option to license with the Enterprise Agreement.
Server and Cloud Enrollment: requires Microsoft customers to commit to at least one of four SCE components: core infrastructure, application platform, developer platform and Windows Azure. In addition, the customer is required to sign an Enterprise agreement and to have 100% coverage for subscriptions and software assurance.
The program has a minimum order requirement of 20 licenses for MSDN Platforms and Visual Studio Enterprise in any combination.
Subscription Enrollment: suited for organizations that are mostly interested in online licensing rather than on-premise licensing. The most important benefit of this type of program is that the customer can leverage the subscription counts on an annual basis during the entire 3 year program contractual period.
Software assurance is included in the Enterprise Agreement and customers can enjoy the whole range of software assurance benefits.
The discounts are based on the number of devices that enter the program and can range from 15% to 45%. The discount model is similar to the Select Plus program discount level e.g.: for Level A of Price Level, the annual point minimums per pool are between 250 and 2.399 points.
The management of the products and services acquired is done through the VLSC site.
Next to all of the agreements that were mentioned you will also find additional terms and conditions for the software products purchased -with the exception of the Microsoft Online Subscription and Cloud Solution Provider programs- in the Product Terms that can be found on the Microsoft website. Information on how to deploy and use Online Services can be found in the Online Services Terms (OST) for all programs.