On July 1, 2016, Microsoft announced a 500 minimum user/device requirement for commercial customers to be eligible for an Enterprise Agreement (EA). Customers that want to ensure they receive flexible licensing and support for cloud services like Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite need to purchase the infrastructure or licensing through a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), like BCX.
Microsoft Enterprise Agreement
For years, an EA has been the choice for medium to large organisations to obtain software from Microsoft. Microsoft built the EA to make traditionally standalone products available on a subscription. This agreement locks a company into a three-year contract, requiring them to true-up their licenses every year on the anniversary of the agreement. Annually, IT must make choices about the total number of users, workstations and servers and adjust their agreement accordingly. This can lead to unused licenses and cost increases. The EA helps an organisation that wants Microsoft technologies throughout their infrastructure, only needs to change their quantities annually, and demands the latest Microsoft software. Traditionally, an EA requires three base components – Windows desktop licenses, Office software, and Enterprise Client Access Licenses. Virtually any Microsoft software can be added to an EA.
BCX Cloud Solution Provider
Microsoft created the CSP program to allow value-added service providers like BCX to do two things: help customers obtain cloud licenses and provide guidance to getting the most out of a solution. Guidance, governance, and support are the big differentiators between an EA and CSP. BCX becomes your partner in success when you purchase licenses, not just another license transaction partner that you engage annually. BCX is your first level contact for assistance with any Microsoft cloud service and billing. As your CSP, we will generate your invoice monthly, covering all your Microsoft cloud infrastructure (Azure and Office 365), security, collaboration fees and managed services.