UPDATE: Microsoft CSP Program is improving with the Microsoft New Commerce Experience. Read more here.
There was a time, before the emergence of cloud computing in general and software-as-a-service (SaaS) in particular, when medium- and large-sized businesses got the best deal on Microsoft products by entering Microsoft Enterprise Agreements (EAs).
Under an EA, a company would purchase a certain number of licenses for each product, including desktop products (Windows, Office, and so on) and server products (Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange, and the like). The customer could add users and installations as needed, and “true up” at the end of each year–that is, pay for the additional licenses. Then the cycle started over again.
Although the EA approach was more convenient than buying and keeping track of individual licenses every time a new installation was needed or a new employee was hired, EAs had (and continue to have) their drawbacks:
The good news is there is now a better option: the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.
Started in 2015, CSP is a licensing program for cloud-based Microsoft products, such as Microsoft 365. Unlike EAs, which are purchased directly from Microsoft, CSP arrangements are made through Microsoft partners such as 360 Visibility.
The CSP program offers numerous benefits, especially for smaller organizations:
As a certified Tier 1 Microsoft CSP partner, 360 Visibility offers a number of value-added services to enhance your Microsoft product licenses. In particular, we provide:
If you are considering a bulk Microsoft licensing arrangement, or are dissatisfied with your current agreement, you owe it to yourself to consider the advantages of the CSP program. Use this guide to see if EA or CSP is right for you and to learn more about and how you can save money with our CSP service offerings.