Microsoft Azure Plan and what it means to you.
Microsoft recognises that the technology market can be difficult to navigate, with technology itself growing in complexity. Microsoft has therefore made significant changes to the customer buying process for Azure, by creating a new commerce platform and a streamlined buying experience.
This partners such as Opus provide the guidance, assistance, and value-added services, that today’s businesses are seeking.
The new buying experience for customers is called the ‘Azure Plan’. All Microsoft Azure customers are automatically being migrated to the new plan.
Microsoft’s new plan incorporates a number of changes that will bring considerable improvement to the customer buying experience, including:
Microsoft has introduced product alignment and developed common pricing across the various methods through which customers can buy Azure; Cloud Solutions Partner (CSP) such as Opus, Enterprise Agreement or direct from Microsoft. Microsoft also allows you to mix and match buying methods, such as combining Enterprise Agreement with CSP to achieve better flexibility.
As a Microsoft CSP, we are now able to create services, utilising Microsoft and other third-party offerings, to feature in the catalogue. We’ll be adding in our Azure-based services (such as Identity and Access Management, Backup, Disaster Recovery, and Database Modernisation) as well as our support, managed services and consultancy.
Microsoft has introduced one single new Microsoft Customer Agreement. The Microsoft Customer Agreement has replaced the old Microsoft Cloud Agreement.
The new commerce experience uses a single pricelist that is applicable worldwide. The pricelist is set in US dollars, but billing is priced in the customer’s local currency. Microsoft publishes an exchange rate monthly, with prices applicable for that month, and billing is based on a calendar month.
The new pricing system;
The new Azure Plan gives us the opportunity to create additional and improved services for our customers, combining products from Microsoft, other third-party partners, and from our own in house teams. As well as offering support, managed services and consultancy, we’re able to:
Move from Microsoft direct to Opus and enjoy a 5% discount on your current Microsoft 365 and Office 365 license spend as well as more personalised service and support.
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