A note on a great IT Leader: Tiffani Bova @tiffani_bova

Tiffani Bova has always inspired me for change, I find that her direction and to the point keynotes, not sugar-coated and driven to innovation have always produce great change in the IT industry. And to actually understand her influence is as easy as to listen, listen carefully because her ability to portray the trends and take advantages, make changes and defy the “Status Quo” is making a difference. I would say that in the last few years I have observed how accurate she has been to define our roles and opportunities on Cloud, channel, etc.

Every time I listen to her keynotes I am inspired and find vision to drive forward. Like today in the Cloud Summit 2014, she has shown us what 2020 looks like, and I am up for the challenge to take my clients to the technology that will make them thrive today and in the future to create better and more efficient companies.

Truly recommend to follow her @tiffani_bova.

 

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Video – Core CAL New Feature Announcement

Big Announcement of merge VL or traditional Licensing with OnDemand or Cloud Licensing

Microsoft has listened to the partner community, just announced in the Microsoft Hosting Summit

Amazing announcement on licensing today

Effective July 1st

Servers VL now able to move to cloud with SA.: First step to merge the traditional licensing world with OnDemand or Cloud licensing based on SPLA program. This is a big step as will allow many clients with EAs to leverage the licensing investment. Long View as Hosted provider can use Lync, Sharepoint and other technologies for clients who already paid for the licensing in the traditional way. The key is that the client must have Sotware Assurance. More details to come.

Products include SQL server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Dynamics CRM

SALs for SA enhancement.

System Center Usage for Service Providers:

Single “pane of glass” via single console across SPLA & VL devices

Introduction of Core Infrastructure Suite for Service Providers

Removal of Outsourcing SKU for Win Server

Eliminating Scenario restrictions on “non-outsourcing”: SKU

Cover all scenarios, at a lower cost for windows server licenses

This first step is going to protect Microsoft EA from moving completely out to the Cloud and consequently not renewal however it may actually potentially move EA renewals to Cloud solutions. We will see how the CAL is developed but definitely is a shift on the licensing complexity to actually make it more simple (finally!!) kudos to the Microsoft Hosted team for pushing this change, specially Microsoft sponsors of the changes like Bob Kelly Corporate Vice President Server(who made the announcement)  and Tools Business and Marco Limena Worldwide Communications Sector.