As we enter a new fiscal year for Microsoft, we traditional see adjustments to pricing, licensing and how Microsoft brings products to clients. And the first change we are anticipating will affect pricing on Office 365 “E” (Enterprise) plans for corporate and government Enterprise Agreements.
Although details have not officially been released, it’s been acknowledged that Microsoft intends to increase the cost of Office 365 Enterprise plans (E1/E3/E4) acquired through volume licensing by roughly 15%. The new pricing is expected take effect August 1, 2014.
What This Means For You
Clients with existing Office 365 Enterprise Agreement (EA) will be insulated from these changes through the term of the active contract.
For those without an EA, there is a window of opportunity to secure pre-increase pricing for the next three years. As always, the time frame and reduced cost should be evaluated against your plans to deploy and move services to Office 365.
Breakdown of Cost Impact
Based on this news, our team mapped out what the price increase implications would look like for a level A agreement of 250 seats over 3 years. This price increase will cost an additional $22,000 over 3 years if an organization waits to purchase past August 1st 2014.
It’s More than Just Savings With Softchoice
As a Microsoft licensing and solutions integration partner, Softchoice is in a unique position to not only communicate these changes, but also provide insight from a business, technology and financial standpoint, to help you make informed decisions about your Microsoft investment and roadmap.
If you have questions or would like to discuss how this may affect your organization, you can contact your Account Manager or the Microsoft Team directly.
For more information on Office 365 and how Softchoice can help maximize your technology investment, visit our Office 365 Hub.