July is an important time for Software Asset Management (SAM) as the Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) kicks off with announcements and news. Microsoft licensing is definitely a great influencer to all vendors on compliance rules.
There is expected content on SAM processes according to Microsoft to discuss on this 2014 edition of the conference and one or two expected announcements on Azure and other Microsoft Cloud.
We are arriving to a time of Cloud offerings consolidation. After observing constant changes on office 365 and additions to services offer through Azure it is time to finally elaborate transition plans for licenses to be moved to the Cloud, reconcile with SPLA (Hosted-Service Provider Licensing Agreement) and traditional Volume Licensing investments that have the reign for the last two decades.
As consuming IT is the actual trend and desire, it is expected for the licensing models to quickly offer transitions for compliance towards all Microsoft Cloud products.
The expectation is to finally observe consolidation on subscription models and more governance of SAM dedicated to Cloud offerings.
As the partner ecosystem also evolves to develop Cloud solutions of their own, licensing models like SPLA are getting more and more licensing in production environments. At the same time is not any more about going Cloud but about securing, developing and managing the Cloud. These has made SAM more relevant than ever as Application Management has to respond to the different scenarios that companies use today, a mix of applications in the Cloud with Private/Hybrid and Public Clouds.
The Licensing Guru will update after WPC on findings and relevant information to the readers.
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