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Flexibility and lower TCO the ideal of any CIO

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Chief information officers (CIOs) who are looking to lower total cost of ownership (TCO), require more flexible licensing models to support the software and solutions they procure.
Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) models consolidate hardware and software CAPEX, maintenance and support at specified service levels into a single consumption price, the most cost-effective way to procure ICT infrastructure. This is the view of Jane Canny, group executive EMEA at Business Connexion.
“OEMs are modernising teir pricing models as traditional procurement methods can be costly,” she says. In light of this, Microsoft has created the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) licensing model and Business Connexion has been appointed as the first MPSA Partner for Namibia and East Southern Africa.
“The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement or MPSA is a simplified agreement that provides more flexibility and streamlined self-service tools. It consolidates the purchasing of Microsoft cloud services, software and Software Assurance,” explains Ferdi Graupe, managing director of Business Connexion Namibia.
The new Purchasing Account structure provides more flexible options and more control of how purchases are made, along with multi-year duration options with price protection.
“New self-service tools combine your purchases into a single view, making it easier for you to manage your assets. Suited for organisations with 250 or more users, the MPSA was created to make it easy to license what you need, for anyone who needs it and for as long as you want, simplifying buying and managing solutions,” Graupe adds.
All Microsoft cloud services are available, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, the Microsoft Intune cloud services, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Yammer subscriptions. The Microsoft Product Terms document provides information about additional product availability through the MPSA.
“As the first MPSA partner in Namibia and the East Southern Africa, we have a clear understanding of the value proposition for the Namibian market. As an organisation we have invested heavily in our Microsoft line of business, enabling us to provide this exciting new purchasing model to our clients to allow them to reap the benefits and lower TCO,” he concludes.