You're probably familiar with Microsoft's Open License program, or
eOpen (formerly MOLP). Departments have been able to buy licenses
for Microsoft products, such as Office, for about a quarter of the
price of the shrink-wrapped Academic Edition. MOLP licenses do not
include media or documentation, but have saved tons of University
money. MOLP at one time had two pricing levels, based on volume, but
we're now down to one level.
Now, there is something better: the Microsoft Select Agreement. With
Select, UVM would get Microsoft software with:
 simplified registration
- one product key for each product for the whole University,
rather than having to obtain a new key with each MOLP
 provision to install at home
 ability to obtain media in 2-3 days
 license certificates can be ordered without media
 lower cost to the University
UMaine, Harvard, and other schools are already using the Select
Agreement. UMaine, with whom Computing and Information Technology
(CIT) and the University Bookstore had a conference call yesterday,
gave a very enthusiastic thumbs-up.
At this point, CIT is planning to sign the Select Agreement. Please
write to this list or call if you have concerns, questions, or ideas
about UVM's participation in Select. More detail, from Microsoft,
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From: Richard Grady <[log in to unmask]>
To: "'Roger Lawson'" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Why UVM should have a MS Select Agreement
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 08:54:01 -0700
Hi Roger, the key advantages of the MS Select agreement are:
1) The best MS Education pricing - about 10% lower the Open level A pricing.
2) We decide which pools (Application, System, Server) UVM wants to sign up
for and thinks you will reach 1000 points in a pool over 2 years (500 points
after 1 year). Products have different points like Office is 2 points and
W2K server is 15 points and Client Access Licenses are 1 point. There is no
penalty for not reaching the 1,000 (or 500) point milestone but you have to
drop that pool and go back to Open licensing for products in that pool.
3) Much quicker turnaround time in issuing licenses to UVM end users. I am
told it sometimes takes a couple of weeks to get a license through Open
licensing. UVM would be able to issue a license (say through the Depot)
immediately, then report back to MS (or actually the Large Account Reseller
LAR) at the end of each month. Also, because UVM receives a Select CD
starter kit of all the products in the pools that you signed up for you can
press your own CDs. This will allow media to be much cheaper and the
turnaround time to give customers media is reduced to how fast you can
4) Access to new MS software releases about 30-60 days before they are
released to the public. Microsoft ships the product that was released to
manufacturing in the Select CD distributions which occur about every 45
days. This is one of my favorite benefits because it gives the IT department
a 30-60 day head start in looking/evaluating at the new product before the
rest of UVM end users can get their hands on it.
5) With the MS Select agreement, UVM chooses a Large Account Reseller (LAR)
and they provide a service to UVM. Such as tracking all licenses that were
purchased and some of them have a real nice web site for ordering online.
6) Microsoft will be rolling out a program to offer students Select pricing
in the Apr-June'01 timeframe. It is called the Student Select program.
This will enable students to purchase Office (and a couple of other
products) at about $50 instead of paying $160 for Academic full packaged
product (FPP). This program is currently being piloted at Harvard, BU, U
Maine and Yale and so far the results have been very good. It makes it
easier for student to be compliant at a real good price. So, in order to
take advantage of this Student Select program, UVM would have to have a
institutional Select program in place.
7) Recently, I put Select agreements in place at Boston Univ, U Maine, MIT,
Tufts U - other schools like Harvard, BC, Yale, U Mass, etc. The schools
are very happy with this program for the reasons above. Also it has allowed
BU to centralize the purchasing of licenses across campus because they can
offer the best price and provide the quickest delivery. Being able to track
these licenses is giving BU the data they need to determine if the Campus
Agreement is right for them.
I think having a Select agreement and some departmental campus agreements is
the best way to handle Microsoft licensing.
Can we meet at Educause to discuss this further?
New England Higher Education
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Dean Williams [log in to unmask]
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