Licensing Knowledge Key to Reducing Software Costs

    Cost Saving Tips in 2-day Training Course

    KIRKLAND, Wash., Sept. 9 /CNW/ -- IT leaders who are focused on finding
ways to cut costs often overlook software licensing. The reason:  it's so
complicated that they don't know where to begin. They aren't confident that
they can understand their licensing, let alone whether they could have made
better choices.

    Microsoft presents an overwhelming array of licensing programs and
choices, each with its own set of implications for IT operations, budgets, and
plans.  In a new report at this link:  5 Reasons Why Microsoft Licensing Is
Hard, Directions on Microsoft analysts provide insights on why Microsoft
licensing is so unwieldy and likely to remain that way.  Constantly changing
rules, numerous exceptions, expanding choices, and limited documentation all
make its licensing rival tax law in complexity.

    "Making the wrong choice can cost you thousands of dollars, or worse,
expose you to legal risk because of non-compliance," according to Rob Horwitz,
CEO and Founder, Directions on Microsoft.  "There are ways to save money if
you know where to look," he adds.  That's why Directions on Microsoft is
offering Microsoft Licensing Boot Camps where IT leaders can learn ways to cut
through the complexity to clarify licensing rules for major Microsoft

    In the boot camps, licensing experts provide their insights and advice on
how to get the best licensing deals.  "We've spent many years advising clients
how to optimize their license purchases and now we are making these same
strategies more widely available through our boot camps," said Paul DeGroot,
Research Vice President, Directions on Microsoft.

    Directions on Microsoft's Licensing Boot Camps can help customers
intelligently evaluate their Microsoft licensing options and maximize the
return on their software investments, giving them more confidence that they've
made the right choices for their organization.  For more information on the
boot camp, visit:

    About Directions on Microsoft
    Directions on Microsoft is the only independent organization in the world
devoted exclusively to tracking Microsoft. They have studied Microsoft since
1992. Its team of Microsoft experts provides clear, concise, and actionable
analysis of shifts in Microsoft strategy, Microsoft product and technology
roadmaps, delivery schedules, organizational changes, marketing initiatives,
and licensing and other policies, so you can quickly assess how they impact
your business. Thousands of companies worldwide--including corporate
purchasers of Microsoft products, system integrators, software vendors,
hardware manufacturers, network operators, venture capitalists, and financial
analysts--trust Directions on Microsoft for accurate and unbiased Microsoft
research and analysis to guide their strategic decisions.

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    Paul DeGroot

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    Rob Horwitz


    Rebecca Duffy
    Public Relations Manager
    Directions on Microsoft
    +1 425 739 4669


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