Microsoft Unified Support Guide
MICROSOFT UNIFIED SUPPORT GUIDE
Read the Microsoft Unified Support Guide for insider secrets from analysts and professional MSFT negotiators to save big on Unified.
Unified Guide 3 Year Support Cost Forecast
If you are accelerating Microsoft 365 or Azure adoption, your Unified pricing may see substantial increases in years two and three.
Read the Guide for more details but the big takeaway is enterprises should do a 3 year forecast to fully understand their Microsoft Unified costs and avoid surprises.
Microsoft Unified Support Guide to Negotiating
Start negotiating and evaluating alternatives at least 90 days prior to your Unified renewal.
Here is the Guide’s shortlist for negotiating Unified with Microsoft:
- 3 year forecast
- license-only penalty
- hidden fees
- check the math and itemize
- press on security
Read the Guide for full details.
Guide to Microsoft Unified Support Alternatives
Options for a new Microsoft support direction at your enterprise do exist.
Currently there are 3 alternatives to MS Unified:
- Microsoft SAB support and Professional incidents
- Independent 3rd party providers
- Large system integrators
Each option has its pros and cons. Read the Guide to see which is the best fit for your organization.
The Unified Support Guide Says Yes to Audit
There are 8 recommendations for auditing your Unified agreement at renewal and reducing its cost. Here is #1:
Ask for a full list of contracts, including itemized products, and the Unified Support allocations for each. Make sure all the contracts are for your organization, are correctly classified, and are currently being used. Mistakes can and do slip though.