Update from The SAM Club for 2016

2016 proved to be a great year for The SAM Club.

During this time, we grew our client base:

  • 3 New clients signed up for our managed SAM service
  • Project completed to review a 3000 user Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Renewal
  • Project completed to provide a full Microsoft analysis in preparation for discussions on a new Microsoft Enterprise Agreement
  • Project completed for a Not for Profit corporation in USA for new Head of IT to understand licenses owned and options available

For our existing managed service clients:

  • 5 Clients entered into the Microsoft SAM Program. This is a voluntary process to obtain a Microsoft’s certificate of compliance
  • 3 Clients contacted by Microsoft for a compliance (audit) check that we assisted through to completion
  • 2 Clients negotiated and signed new Microsoft Enterprise Agreements
  • 1 Client negotiated and signed with Snow Software to use their platform to manage their Software Assets

The SAM Club’s services and offerings continue to expand:

  • Became a Microsoft Software Asset Management (SAM) Partner – this enables our clients to obtain a compliance certification
  • Became a Snow Software Partner – we are not resellers but have passed the Snow certification to use the software
  • DH2i – We look for alternative options. We found DH2i who offer an interesting solution which helps reduce and manage the number of SQL Servers within a firm’s infrastructure. We have partnered with DH2i and have been working with them to promote their offering within the UK and find UK Resellers for their solution
  • Partnering with Discount Licensing to recover costs on redundant Microsoft software

Do you own any redundant Microsoft Licenses?

There may be a number of reasons why you no longer require your licence agreements (LA). You could be planning a new installation / upgrade to Microsoft’s latest versions of Office or Server products. You may have licences that your company no longer needs due to restructuring. Whatever the reason, the licence agreements that your company owns may be transferable and as such retain a residual value.

Is this Legal?

In accordance with the European Software Directive 2009, it is legal to transfer the ownership as well as the LA/PUR’s from either an insolvent or solvent company to another solvent business as long as the sales transaction adheres to the local governing laws. Documentation will be provided to prove legal ownership / transfer in the event of an Audit and Microsoft are also notified of every transfer.

Reasons why you may own redundant Microsoft Licenses or may need to purchase some?

  • ​Mergers / Acquisitions – You may need more or less licenses
  • License Compliance – Microsoft Audit identified a licensing gap
  • Upgrading to a new version of a Microsoft product
  • Licenses superseded by an Enterprise Agreement

Reasons to be a member of The SAM Club

The SAM Club with our unique SAM Workbook keeps a track of the license agreements our clients own. We can therefore proactively advise our clients on licenses agreements that may be transferable providing a residual value.

How we can help:

  • With the records we hold from The SAM Club members, we may be able to broker a deal between a member who has license agreements to transfer with another member that requires the same version
  • With our partner that specialises in transferring Microsoft Licenses between organisations

September 2015 Newsletter

Includes new software release information on Exchange 2016, SQL Server 2016, Windows Server 2016, Visual Studio 2015, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP2

Articles on SQL Server license costs savings, Select Plus retirement and SAM Club new partnerships with DH2i, Snow Software, Discount Licensing and Citrix

Tips & Tricks: SQL CALS and Software Assurance for License Mobility for the cloud / third-party shared servers
Newsletter September 2015 – digital

April 2015 Newsletter

Includes New Software Release information on WMware vSphere 6, Skype for Business, Windows Server 2016, Visual Studio 2015, Symantec BackupExec 15. 

Articles on reselling your redundant Microsoft Licenses, Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 end of support information.

Tips & Tricks:  Office Licensing and the difference between Office Standard & Office Pro PlusNewsletter April 2015 – digital