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EA Price Hikes Part 2

Recently we brought you news of a hidden price hike in Windows volume license renewals, a possible increase of 43 percent.

License consultancy Pica Communications, which did the Windows analysis, is now digging deeper into Enterprise Agreements (EA). Specifically, it's looking at Platform EA bundle in particular, a grouping that includes Office Professional Plus, Windows itself and Client Access Licenses (CAL).

Upgrading your EA bundle could cost up to 58 percent more than last time around, Pica argues.

When you first buy the Platform EA bundle, you get 15 percent off list price. When it's time to re up, that discount drops to 5 percent.

Applying this formula to the purchase of 5,000 Windows licenses shows an increase cost of over $400,000.  

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/09/2012 at 1:19 PM


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