As we all know Microsoft is crazy about acronyms. You may have heard of ECS (Enterprise Cloud Suite) or SPE (Secure Productive Enterprise) in the past but these offerings have been rebranded as Microsoft 365. The bundle is being described as “A complete, intelligent solution, including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely” but let’s break down these offerings and explain how you can try and buy Microsoft 365.
Microsoft 365 is broken up into 2 categories, Enterprise and Business.
1. Microsoft 365 Business - Less than 300 users that do not rely on and Active Directory Domain Controller.
If you wish to deploy Microsoft 365 Business and you are currently running on-premises Active Directory, you must switch to cloud identity and management as part of your deployment. This is expected to become available for purchase at the end of 2017 but there is a preview available for Microsoft 365 Business now through the CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) program. Microsoft suggests you work with a partner such as Enabling Technologies Corp to deploy the preview and when the suite becomes available for purchase it will switch into production mode.
2. Microsoft 365 Enterprise - this comes in either E3 or E5 (which you are likely familiar with as that refers to the current editions of Office 365 and EM+S). Intended for greater than 300 users that are looking for full functionality of Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security. The E5 version includes Cloud PBX which allows for you to eliminate your current PBX phone system and incorporate that into your Microsoft Cloud stack.
Cloud Solution Provider agreements (CSP) are the future of Microsoft purchasing agreements. They will soon eliminate the Enterprise Agreement and direct businesses to purchase through a partner that can offer technical support, not just contract management.
Microsoft 365 can only be sold by CSPs like Enabling Technologies Corp. Enabling has been providing clients with technical support for 25 years, and now uses our CSP status to also manage clients’ licensing. The CSP agreement allows for a more strategic relationship with your IT partner, allowing us to be a part of your technical team and support your cloud subscription purchasing as well.
Contact Enabling at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out your best way to try Microsoft 365!