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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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Reader Comments:

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 Al

Once again, Doug, you are showing your ignorance and letting someone else further their agenda through you. The 15% discount is on the license and SA for the term of the EA. That discount can actually climb to almost 30%, depending on what licenses you put on the EA. When you renew your EA, you have paid for those licenses, so now you are just paying for SA moving forward. The discount on SA at renewal is indeed 5%, but your calculations are off because you already own the license. If you add new licenses through a true-up, you still get the 15-30% discount.

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