Dealing with Microsoft CAL pricing changes

With Microsoft increasing its client access licence (CAL) pricing by 15% from the 1st December, there has never been a better time to get clarity over your current software licensing position. Why? Because while it may be inevitable that you are going to have to bear the cost of increased licenses, by taking a proactive stance on managing license entitlements, you can at least minimize the scale of this increase while also avoiding falling into non-compliance.

The simple fact is that organizations are often equally as over-subscribed on certain entitlements as they are under-subscribed on others. But unfortunately the first does not cancel out the latter – all that happens is that you end up under-compliant AND over-spent!

The upcoming hike in CAL prices makes it more important than ever to scrutinize both sides of this same coin. Organizations currently planning purchases of the following Microsoft solutions should first stop and ensure they have an accurate view of current usage and entitlement before buying new licenses:

• Bing Maps Server CAL

• Core CAL Suite

• Enterprise CAL Suite

• Exchange Server Standard and Enterprise CALs

• Lync Server Standard and Enterprise CALs

• Project Server CAL

• SharePoint Server Standard and Enterprise CALs

• System Center 2012 Client Management Suite

• System Center Configuration Manager

• System Center Endpoint Protection

• Visual Studio TFS CAL

• Windows Multipoint Server CAL

• Windows Server CAL

• Windows Server RDS, RMS, Terminal Services CAL

Without an accurate view of your current usage and licensing of the above products, it is almost guaranteed that you will over-spend after December 1st.

License Dashboard and its partners have a successful track record of not only helping organizations around the world avoid compliance failures, but more importantly to save money and optimize the use of existing entitlements. In terms of software licensing, one thing is guaranteed, and that is nothing stands still for very long! Licensing schemes are always changing and it is the responsibility of the end user organization to ensure they are compliant with rule changes without incurring unnecessary additional costs. The only way to achieve this is by having a) full visibility of software usage, b) a consolidated repository of all license entitlements and c) the intelligent reconciliation of these two data sets.

The Microsoft CAL price hike may not be popular in some circles, but it is here to stay (or at least, until they choose to change it again!), and so the only sensible course of action is to ensure that your organization is in the best possible position to minimize the impact on your business and budgets.

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Ben Eagling

Ben Eagling

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