Find your way in Microsoft Cloud licensing

Find your way in Microsoft Cloud Licensing

Microsoft Licensing is a complex and often a confusing topic for many organizations. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of some of the key concepts and terms that you need to know when managing your Microsoft software licenses. We will also share some best practices and tips on how to optimize your licensing strategy and reduce costs.

Microsoft Licensing Basics

Microsoft offers different types of licenses for different products and scenarios. Some of the most common ones are:

Perpetual licenses: These are licenses that you buy once and own forever. You can use them on a specific device or for a specific user, depending on the product. You may need to pay for software assurance (SA) to get access to updates and support.

Volume licenses: These are licenses that you buy in bulk for multiple devices or users. You can get discounts and benefits based on the size and type of your organization. You may need to sign a contract or agreement with Microsoft or a Microsoft Partner to get volume licenses.

Subscription licenses: These are licenses that you pay for on a recurring basis, usually monthly or annually. You can use them on any device or user, as long as you maintain your subscription. You get access to updates and support as part of your subscription.

Cloud licenses: These are licenses that you use to access Microsoft cloud services, such as Microsoft 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, etc. You pay for what you use, based on the service level and features that you choose. You get access to updates and support as part of your service.

As Modern Microsoft Solutions are in the majority and sometimes even exclusively Subscription and / or Cloud based, we at Eden Akers focus on delivering these licenses through our Cloud Marketplace (link)

Microsoft Licensing Challenges

Microsoft licensing can be challenging for several reasons, such as:

  • The variety and complexity of products and licenses that Microsoft offers
  • The frequent changes and updates that Microsoft makes to its products and licensing terms
  • The different requirements and compliance rules that apply to different regions and industries
  • The lack of visibility and control over your license usage and spending

Microsoft Licensing Solutions

To overcome these challenges, you need a comprehensive and proactive approach to managing your Microsoft licenses. Some of the solutions that you can use are:

  • A licensing audit: This is a process of reviewing your current license inventory and usage, identifying any gaps or issues, and making recommendations for improvement.
  • A licensing optimization: This is a process of aligning your license purchases and assignments with your actual needs and goals, maximizing your value and minimizing your costs.
  • A licensing management: This is a process of monitoring and controlling your license usage and spending, ensuring compliance and avoiding penalties

Microsoft Licensing Experts

If you need help with any of these solutions, you can rely on our team of Microsoft licensing experts. We have the knowledge, experience, and tools to help you navigate the Microsoft licensing landscape and achieve your desired outcomes. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your Microsoft licensing needs

Helpfull Sites

There are some good sites that can help you understand Microsoft Cloud (NCE) licensing: