News Release – Our new partnership for cloud and modern workplace

Working with the experts at independent cloud consultancy SystemsUp

SAM Club & SystemsUp

At the SAM Club, we are independent licensing and Software Asset Management consultants.

For 10 years we have provided cost effective, practical solutions to manage software licensing, purchasing, renewals, re-harvesting and compliance.

However, many of our clients are in process of moving from, or are actively considering moving from, on-premise IT solutions to cloud-based services such as Microsoft Office 365, M365, Azure and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.

To assist our clients with the technical side of these migrations we have partnered with independent consultancy SystemsUp. The team at SystemsUp work with organisations across the public and private sector to ensure that the cloud services and collaboration tools they choose are implemented effectively and securely.

Having the right partner to provide independent technical consultancy services helps our clients to choose the right cloud-based applications and services, and to architect the very best solutions to meet their business requirements.

Our partnership with SystemsUp offers an additional option to The SAM Club’s clients. It does not interfere with our clients using their usual software suppliers.

Ian Nicholls, Director & Managing Consultant at The SAM Club says, “SystemsUp and The SAM Club are both authorised Microsoft partners. Together, we provide objective, expert licensing and technical guidance, to help our clients make the best decisions and to reduce cost and risk.”

Nick Martin, Managing Director of SystemsUp, says, “Our partnership is about helping organisations to exploit all aspects of the cloud in a way that benefits their business as well as their users. We want to ensure that their move to the cloud is as seamless as possible and results in a workplace that is fit for the digital age.”

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Microsoft volume licensing Price Increases from 1st October 2018

Microsoft has announced that it will be adjusting pricing for Microsoft volume licensing programs and making price adjustments to on-premises and cloud products with effect from its 1st October price lists.

Microsoft volume licensing
This extract from Microsoft states that these pricing changes include:

  • Establishing a single, consistent starting price across all programs aligned to web direct for online services (OLS)
  • Removing the programmatic volume discounts (Level A and Open Level C) in Enterprise Agreement (EA)/EA Subscription, MPSA, Select/ Select Plus, and Open programs (Open, Open Value, Open Value Subscription)
  • Aligning government pricing for on-premises and online services to the lowest commercial price in EA/EAS, MPSA, Select Plus, and Open Programs
  • Delivering a newly designed Customer Price Sheet that better outlines how a customer’s price was derived (applies to Enterprise & Enterprise Subscription Agreements).In conjunction with the programmatic pricing changes, several changes to product pricing will be made, including:
  • Office 2019 commercial prices will increase 10 percent over current on-premises pricing
  • The price increase will include Office client, Enterprise CAL, Core CAL, and server products

In addition, Windows 10 Enterprise E3 offers will be renamed:

  • E3 will now refer to the per user offer only- Windows 10 Enterprise E3 per User becomes Windows 10 Enterprise E3
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 per Device becomes Windows 10 Enterprise (In The SAM Club’s SAM Workbooks we’ll make it clear that these subscriptions are on a device basis).
  • The price of Windows 10 Enterprise will be raised to match the price of Windows 10 Enterprise E3
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E5 per device will be discontinued

Each of these changes will be reflected on the October 2018 pricelists, with preview on the September 2018 pricelist.

Notes from The SAM Club:-

  1. If your organisation has an Enterprise Agreement, then these price changes will not affect products and services included in your agreement until its expiry date. Your organisation has price protection until the end of your agreement as covered in your Customer Price Sheet (CPS).
  2. If you have an MPSA Agreement & you might need to purchase additional licenses then it would be worthwhile doing so before the end of September.
  3. As Windows 10 Enterprise E3 per device pricing will become the same as Windows 10 E3 per user licensing, then for many organisations the per user plan becomes more attractive as each user can have multiple devices both in and out of their office.

At The SAM Club, we are actively working with our clients on Microsoft renewals or infrastructure refresh plans to ensure this information is considered and taken into account.  To learn more about how we work with our clients and provide independent and unbiased advice, have a look at our client references and for more info please get in touch