Reminder: Select Plus Is Being Retired
Effective July 1, 2016, in markets where the MPSA is available, Microsoft will stop accepting new orders and Software Assurance renewals through existing commercial Select Plus agreements at your next agreement anniversary date. In other words, a commercial customer’s ability to transact through Select Plus will not be affected until the agreement anniversary date following July 1, 2016.
The Select Plus end of life (retirement) does not, at this time, apply to Public Sector (SLG and Academic) customers purchasing through Select Plus. While Public Sector customers cannot sign a net new Select Plus Agreement, they may utilize their pre-existing Select Plus to assign additional affiliates. Microsoft made available the MPSA to the Public Sector in spring 2015.
The next strategic move to fully transition customers to the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) cloud enabled program, eligible future purchases that were previously under Select Plus will now require customers to be enrolled into the MPSA program. The MPSA is a new foundational “master” agreement that significantly simplifies the Volume Licensing agreement by consolidating common terms and conditions from standard Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements into a single agreement for all organizations. It includes terms and conditions from the Microsoft Business and Services Agreement (MBSA) and Microsoft Select Plus agreement, and terms for purchasing Microsoft online services. By streamlining the overall contract and integrating transactional purchases for software and online services, you will have more flexibility to get the full value of your entire organization’s purchases.
Microsoft has worked effortlessly to ensure that the new MPSA program mirrors many of the same program benefits as the retiring Select Plus with some enhancements. The MPSA allows customer the ability to have different account types and multiple partners on a single agreement and a new, intuitive asset management tool. The new MPSA is an evergreen agreement that allows a customer to purchase online services such as Office 365 and Azure as well as on-premises licensing. This is incredibly advantageous as companies continue to embrace and transition to the cloud! This program is designed to support any of their licensing needs whereas Select Plus supported only on-premises licensing.
MPSA Purchasing Options
On July 1, 2016 orders will start to be rejected by Microsoft on existing commercial Select Plus agreements. This date will vary by customer, as Microsoft will no longer allow purchases for customers on their Select Plus Agreement anniversary date.
You can sign an MPSA with the help of PCM, your channel partner – the default price level is A, unless the customer’s initial order qualifies them for a higher level or if the customer references a qualifying enrollment such as an active EA, EAS. We can also leverage an existing Select Plus price level to determine the price level through the MPSA. You would then stop purchasing through the Select Plus agreement and begin purchasing through the new MPSA.
You can use an existing Select Plus price level as a qualifying contract to move to an MPSA with the following steps:
- Use the existing Select Plus agreement to qualify for a better price level per pool in the MPSA.
- Stop buying under the Select Plus agreement and start buying under the MPSA.
- When Software Assurance coverage ends, review the Software Assurance, services, and subscriptions and work with your partner to determine what you would like to renew into the MPSA.
There is no upfront minimum purchase for MPSA. The customer will be subject to an annual compliance review and they must meet a minimum of 500 points per pool to retain purchasing ability. If an MPSA is used to purchase Online Services only, the minimum point requirement is 250 points annually.
The new system designed to support this program is called MVLC, Microsoft Volume Licensing Center. This online tool has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that lets you quickly navigate through your purchase history, licensing keys, download software, and manage software assurance benefits. One key benefit of this program and system is that it enables a customer to self-provision a number of online services like Office 365 to their end-users and empowers them to have immediate access to the software they need to be efficient, increase productivity and get their work done more quickly.
We have several resources available for you to learn more about MPSA. View our MPSA overview or MPSA Features and Benefits for more information, and reach out to our Microsoft team to discuss your options.
Please reach out to us to find out how this affects you! TeamMicrosoft@PCM.com