As you may have heard from various press and news sites, Microsoft announced last month a new way to purchase Azure directly from Microsoft’s new Modern Commerce platform via a new contract called the Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA).
This will take effect as of March 1, 2019 for our customers that have standalone Azure contracts – focused on those with Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) contracts.
Microsoft has stated that any existing SCE contracts will be replaced with the MCA. However, we have additional information to share due to the complexity of this announcement.
Below are the facts of the recent announcement with the proposed timeline; be sure to download our detailed guide to help you with the complexities of this recent MCA announcement.
- Beginning July 2019, customers will not be able to renew their Azure-only Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) or add new Azure services to a current desktop enrollment
- Currently, customers who opt for the new Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) will no longer have access to APIs to receive third-party governance, administration, advisory, tag and resource management, and managed security services
- A partner contract (i.e. CSP) on Modern Commerce will be released later in 2019, allowing customers to choose partners, such as SoftwareONE, to transition to this new Azure platform
- SoftwareONE group has more than 50,000 customers with a combined Azure consumption revenue of over $1.5B. As a professional and managed services partner for Microsoft we have technical accreditations spanning our 88 operating countries and have earned the exclusive Azure Managed Service Provider (MSP) status. We understand the complexities of acquiring, transitioning and managing Azure environments.
There is a lot to digest in this blog about Microsoft’s announcement. We are here to help you. To learn more about how this Microsoft announcement will impact your organization and our recommendations to our customers, be sure to reach out to your direct contact at SoftwareONE and download our recent guide.