If CIT signs up for the Microsoft Select Agreement, will this affect the
departments that have signed up for or may in the future sign up for The
Microsoft Campus Agreement?
> 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,
> appears below.
> -Dean Williams
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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
> copy/burn CDs.
> 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?
> Rick Grady
> New England Higher Education
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