Category: Microsoft

Work from Home Microsoft Licensing Compliance

Many organizations may not have considered the proper Microsoft licensing needed for remote workers. The idea of remote workers is not a new concept but some organizations still require most of their employees to work in corporate locations, and their licenses were purchased with that in mind. Server Licenses Most organizations license their Microsoft server products with per user Client Access Licenses. The per user option will allow users to access from corporate locations as well as remote access without […]

Microsoft Self-Service Lets Users Buy Subscriptions Without IT Approval

Beginning now next year in the United States (and more locations to follow), Microsoft will make available its Self-Service program. This is designed, as per Microsoft, to give “… users a chance to try out new technologies and enables them to develop solutions that will ultimately benefit their larger organizations.” And it provides an avenue for Microsoft to target non-IT administrators for the sale of its Power Platform offerings. But Microsoft reversed its earlier decision to bypass IT administrators. Previously, […]

Microsoft Tenant-Level Services Licensing Guidance

In a document published on August 13, 2019, Microsoft offered some “guidance” regarding licensing concerns around tenant-level services. “Guidance” is in quotes because the document is very unclear. Some background first: Microsoft defines “tenant-level services” as those online services that when licensed for any user in the tenant, it becomes available – activated, in Microsoft terms – becomes accessible for all users in that tenant. The Microsoft document includes the disclaimer: Some tenant services are not currently capable of limiting […]

Microsoft Unified Support

At the start of its 2019 fiscal year, Microsoft launched Unified Support as a replacement for Premier Support. At the time, it was hailed as the most substantial change to Microsoft’s support programs in two decades, and that it offers customers a simpler, cohesive method of incorporating all of its Microsoft support needs. Since that time, many Miro Clients have been approached by Microsoft – some would suggest badgered by them – to move from Premier Support to Unified Support. […]

How to Buy Oracle, Microsoft & IBM Blockchain Products

There’s a new buzzword that you may be hearing, both in technical circles as well as in the mainstream: Blockchain. While generally mentioned in reference to cryptocurrency, blockchain will soon be brought up in situations outside of the news you hear of Bitcoin rocketing upwards and plummeting downwards more than your average roller-coaster.  From tracking financial transactions, to the maintenance of medical records, to providing reliable tracing of products and goods from source to customer, the technology has the potential […]

8 Secrets Microsoft Won’t Tell You

Microsoft keeps a lot of secrets from its clients. They can cost companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in compliance penalties and wasted expenditures. They can also cost you your job. 1. You’re Paying for Cloud Whether You Use It or Not Microsoft Enterprise Agreements typically include an “Azure Monetary Commitment” fee. This is Microsoft charging you for using their cloud, even if you didn’t want it or ever use it. Not only do Microsoft reps usually not explain what […]

10 Signs of a Fake Microsoft Audit

Do you know how to spot a fake Microsoft Audit?  Learn the 10 Signs of a Fake Microsoft audit, and avoid a trap that could cost your organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars. You are contacted by a person using a “V-“ microsoft address, formatted like “v-john.doe@microsoft.com”. These are not real Microsoft employees, but temporary employees or partners.  They do not have the authority of Microsoft to initiate a mandatory Microsoft audit. It’s not your Microsoft licensed partner. You don’t […]

Will You be Forced to Use a Microsoft CSP?

Discontinuing Microsoft Software Assurance is no longer an option Microsoft is significantly advancing its cloud services by transitioning their existing customer base to Office 365, Exchange Online, and the various Azure offerings. It also involves upselling existing cloud customers on a broader range of services. The most notable of these is Microsoft 365, a suite of Office 365, Windows (client), and Enterprise Mobility + Security (“EMS”). Yet another strategy has emerged as Microsoft seeks to ramp up its smaller customers. […]

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