I am now in a position to discuss the new NGVL offering launched by Microsoft. including the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), This was in pilot phase last year, MPSA is an all improved version of the current Select Plus program and will eventually replace it. Ultimately, MPSA is expected to consolidate other programs as well, including Enterprise Agreements. This will eventually be the only form of VL transaction available with Microsoft. Currently MPSA is only partially launched, offering only L only and Online Services (OLS)
The MPSA shares many of the same features with Select Plus.
- Both can be utilised to order L only licensing
- Evergreen agreement, so there is no need to keep signing new contracts
- Use price levels (A, B, C, or D)
- Allow different elements of a business, division or subsidiary to purchase through a mechanism called “affiliates” in Select Plus and “Purchasing Accounts” in the MPSA.
Purchases of OLS. Through the MPSA, you can buy online services—such as Office 365, Windows Intune & Dynamics CRM Online—Currently you have to purchase licenses and Online services separately through the MOSA
Less legal docs. T’s and C’s that were formally detailed across multiple legal documents are consolidated into a single MPSA contract. In comparison, a Select Plus customer has to sign multiple legal documents, including a Microsoft Business and Services Agreement (MBSA), a Select Plus agreement and enrolment! and in recent years, sometimes Microsoft Online Services purchasing terms and conditions.
Mixed organisations. A single MPSA contract will be able to accommodate an entity composed of commercial, public sector, or academic affiliates, such as a Local Government Body. Under existing volume licensing programs, such an entity previously has to sign multiple separate unconnected agreements, each specific to the particular sector type.
Purchases through multiple resellers. In the MPSA, each Purchasing Account in the system has the freedom to transact through several different resellers. In comparison, Select Plus requires a single reseller to be assigned for each entity / affiliate.