Some of the principle product and licensing updates for January 2019
- MyAnalytics now more broadly available to Office365 and M365 Users, and the standalone SKU is retired. Initially as an Outlook Add-In but features will improve until there is parity with the standalone offering.
- Office365 Cloud App Security will be wrapped into Microsoft 365 Cloud App Security from February 2019. The standalone SKU is retired from the February 1st price file.
- Microsoft finally acknowledge PowerBI, Phone System and Audio Conferencing as potential E5 blockers, offering incremental access to advanced Compliance and Security services across the expansive E5 stack.
- The Add On ‘mini bundles’ are targeted at Microsoft365 E3 customers, offering a ‘scale up’ model programmatically as a bundle, a new option in addition to standalone SKUs. A welcome addition in my opinion, even if the price point and product balancing is off.
- Advanced Threat Intelligence (ATI) finds it’s home in in Advanced Threat Protection P2 within the new Identity & Threat Protection (ITP) bundle.
- New Identity & Threat Protection (ITP) bundle is a new ‘Add On’ for M365 E3 users – later renamed to a simpler ‘ E5 Security‘.
- New Information Protection & Compliance (IPC) bundles is a new ‘Add On’ for M365 E3 users – later renamed to a simpler ‘E5 Compliance‘.
- The new E5 Security ‘mini bundle’ SKU now includes:
- O365 ATP P2 (Price decrease for existing Threat Intelligence at anniversary)
- Azure ATP
- Windows Defender ATP
- The new E5 Compliance ‘mini bundle’ SKU now includes:
- O365 Advanced Compliance
- The Office365 Cloud App Security SKU will be discontinued.
- The standalone MyAnalytics SKU will be discontinued.
- Microsoft accelerated their strategy to service customers directly as part of their wider ‘Modern Commerce’ strategy, with a direct-to-customer move to target Azure customers and syphon relationships away from their channel. Initially targeting direct Azure-Only SCE’s to be replaced by a new Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA). One stated objective was to reduce cost of sale via the current partner-enabled SCE model. The important dates you should know –
- 1st March 2019 – Sales Motion for SMC/Unmanaged Accounts to MCA
- 1st April 2019 – Extended out to Enterprise/Managed Accounts
- 1st August 2019 – No New or Renewed Azure-Only SCE’s
- FY20+ – Expand to Hybrid SCE, Indirect EA and Public Sector
- Extended Term Still Available
- Microsoft expand Azure Reserved Instance (RI) reservations, with RDS to be released, 1 or 3 years upfront, akin to server subscriptions and can be tied to RI instances
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