On July 25th, Microsoft announced it is to introduce significant price rises from 1st October 2018, including a 10% increase for Office 2019. Now those price rises have started to kick-in, businesses are left wondering if they will be better off in the Cloud or on-premise.
In an official statement, a spokesperson for the software giant explained: “these changes will highlight the benefits of our pricing for a cloud-first world”. The changes are aimed at helping Microsoft’s partners and customers, who are migrating business operations and functions to the cloud, achieve their digital transformation objectives. While this is part of a strategic move towards cloud-based operations and pricing models, it also enables Microsoft to secure recurring revenues and improve share prices.
Many of the world’s enterprises use Microsoft products and the impact of these price rises will be varied and widespread. With price implications for both, businesses need to make a decision whether to remain with on-premises solutions or migrate to the cloud. To support this decision, Certero recommends analysing the entire IT estate to discover the full inventory of Microsoft products being used by the business, and which employees are using them. This includes all hardware and software assets, whether on-premises or in the cloud and cross mobile to mainframe. With this intelligence, businesses know exactly what software is installed on what hardware and which licenses are required.
Once a full inventory of the IT estate is complete, organizations with licensing expertise can make an informed decision whether to migrate to the cloud or not. For businesses without licensing specialists, Certero offers an advisory service that translates these complex insights into plain business language.
If an organisation decides to migrate to the cloud, it is important to source a suitable Cloud Asset Management (CAM) solution. Migrating to the cloud does not signal the end of software asset management. Instead, businesses need to shift focus from ensuring compliance to managing overspend. Certero for Cloud is the world’s most innovative solution that provides full visibility and control of cloud-based software assets, irrespective of whether they are SaaS, PaaS or IaaS. As Certero for Cloud operates on the same world-class platform as all other Certero products, and uses a single data source, Certero can provide a complete and unparalleled 360-degree view of the entire IT estate.
How Can Certero Help?
- Reconcile all cloud portals into one central repository for effortless management
- Provide full visibility of all on-premises and cloud-based assets in a single pane of glass view
- Certero products work holistically as one solution, making migration to the cloud simple and easy
- Monitor application usage to support software license purchasing decisions
- Optimize hardware and software assets across mobile to mainframe
- Provide customizable, real-time reporting and alerts for proactive monitoring and management of IT estates
If your business needs a full analysis of its IT estate and is looking for a one-off solution, Certero offers a Discovery and Inventory service that utilizes the full power of its cutting-edge, modern Certero products. However, if you would like a more permanent solution, we can book a software demonstration with one of our hardware and software asset management experts.