Microsoft Volume Licensing Mail Bag: Three Questions on Software Asset Management (SAM)

A Microsoft Volume Licensing Expert Answers your Burning Questions on Microsoft Software Asset Management (SAM) Implementing a software asset management (SAM) program can be beneficial. This is especially true if your organization struggles to keep track of any of its software or licenses, or if you have many different computers and devices to inventory. Heather…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Now Available

Our friends on the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit team are pleased to announce that MAP Toolkit 8.0 is now available for download. This follows our November 2012 blog post on its beta availability: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Beta Now Available. The MAP Toolkit 8.0 download link is here. You can…

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Nine Key Updates in the Microsoft Volume Licensing Agreement Refresh 2012

The Microsoft Volume Licensing team recently completed its annual agreement refresh with the goal of improving overall partner and customer satisfaction. These changes help support business and product evolution, help clarify language, and align and simplify agreements. Outlined below are the key refresh highlights in 2012, which include Enterprise Programs, Open License and Open Value,…

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Holiday Reading: Curl Up with Microsoft Licensing Whitepapers

A short missive before the Thanksgiving Holiday gets into full swing. We frequently receive questions about volume licensing and specific product licensing programs here at the Microsoft Volume licensing blog. So our intent with this post is to pull together a few reources which address topics that come up on a fairly regular basis.  Should you find…

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IAITAM Conference Highlights Industry Forces and Licensing Impact

(contributed by Deb Bannon, WWLP) We recently returned from the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) conference, which drew attendees ranging from C-level executives, managers and IT professionals responsible for IT asset management.  As a platinum sponsor for this 10th annual event, we were thrilled to see several hundred turn out for the Microsoft…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Beta Now Available

Following our announcement in August 2012 of the MAP Toolkit 7.0, our friends on the Microsoft Solutions Accelerator team have just released the beta version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 and we welcome you to join in in the beta. If you are not familiar with the Microsoft MAP Toolkits, they…

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Microsoft Software Asset Management (SAM) Helps Handle Growth, Update Licensing (case study)

Have you grown quickly through acquisition and had trouble keeping track of all the software and licenses you’ve acquired in the process? Carousel Industries was in a similar situation and reconciled software assets while saving costs by updating its licensing strategy. It accomplished this by working with Universal Management Solutions to undergo a complimentary Software…

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Licensing Made Easier

Partner describes how flexible payment solutions impact deals, benefit customers A number of factors influence the way that customers approach volume licensing for new technologies and uptake into their environments.  In today’s economy and shrinking budgets, along with the fact that customers either are or have become much more savvy with their IT spend, customers…

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Millions in Productivity Gains Realized by Upgrading Microsoft Software via Enterprise Agreement (case study)

Eastman Chemical Company upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010 through Microsoft Volume Licensing achieve this result, here’s their story. Kingsport, Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Company is a global producer of more than 1,200 chemicals, fibers, and plastics that form the key ingredients in everyday products. To optimize production and increase productivity, its employees need insight into its…

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Use Rights Refreshed Across Remaining Portfolio with October Update

The forthcoming October PUR delivers against the promise we made earlier this year with the August update.  We have extended the model we introduced with the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 use rights to the rest of our Volume Licensing product portfolio.  In this approach, our intention is to: Enhance the customer experience Provide…

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