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I am the Group Chief Marketing Officer at Crayon. My team are focused on driving enhanced lead generation campaigns and nurturing for our sales organisations across multiple geographies though the utilisation and coordination of all online and offline communication channels. We are driving increased brand awareness in the business's core competency areas of Software Asset Management (SAM), cloud and volume licensing solutions and associated consultancy services. I have over 20 years of senior business leadership experience within direct marketing/direct sales and mass distribution businesses, in both the B2B and B2C markets serving on the boards of both private and public multinational corporations.

Why SLOE is the key to Seizing control and visibility of your software and hardware assets
In a world with more connected devices than the aggregated total global population and where Gartner predict a staggering 26 billion connected devices by 2020, securing the Cyber Security of the enterprise has never been more essential.

However as any CIO or IT leader will tell you, doing so with a growing dominance of centennials within the contemporary workforce, expecting on demand access to anything at anytime and pretty much on any device, is more challenging than ever.

In this insightful article Frank Tijhuis, the Managing Principle of The International SAM Institute, reviews the critical importance of a comprehensive IATAM environment within the modern enterprise and how it can be the bulwark in your defence against damaging data breaches.

Cybersecurity Whitepaper – Jan 2015

For more information and to learn how other organisations like yours are already protecting themselves through world class IATAM and SAM services, visit Crayon at www.crayon.com

Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers who use Remote Desktop Services (RDS) now have either perpetual (own) or Subscription (rent) options for their RDS User CALS.

The RDS Subscription CAL will be the same price as the ESA price however it will allow customers who wish to purchase the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Suite the option of subscribing alongside.

To recap the Enterprise Cloud Suite comprises of User subscription licenses for Windows Enterprise Upgrade, Office 365 E3 suite, and the Enterprise Mobility Suite.

The RDS User CAL subscription will not be available under any other Volume Licensing Agreement.

For more information on the products listed above or how this can affect you please feel free to contact me directly.

Gareth Johnson
Gareth.johnson@crayon.com

Hi

This is a great extract from the recent Microsoft Online Services Terms which gives an overview of the suites available and products contained.

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Per-User Microsoft Office Licensing 

Office 365 ProPlus (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, and Lync)

Office 365 ProPlus is a per user subscription based license.

Each Office 365 ProPlus User Subscription License must be assigned to a named user.

Please note that this is different from the usual Office Pro installed on Fat clients. This is a device based license and is licensing the machine itself!

Additional rights are granted for up to 5 machines for the software to be installed on as well as over a network. IE remote services Virtualising and RDS

Office 365 ProPlus include rights providing access to Office for licensed users, which are not supported by click-to-run deployment. Under those use rights the Licensed User may install one of five permitted copies of the software on a network server with RDS.

As always if you require any assistance in licensing please feel free to contact me.

Thanks
Gareth Johnson
Gareth.johnson@crayon.com

Avoid the common errors of outsourced license management. Download this new FREE whitepaper today from the head of the International SAM Institute.

With the acceleration to multi-platform environments and the drive to optimise the significant potential OPEX and CAPEX benefits of the cloud, should more enterprises be seeking expert outsourcing support to help manage the dramatically increased complexities of their software licensing environments, to both save money and ensure they remain compliant with their publisher agreements?

Crayon, the global software experts, have successfully completed a major cloud deployment project for Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. The Nordic Airlines giant has deployed over 6,400 cloud seats in a project led by Crayon's local expert team.

Norwegian had a complex technology landscape with over a 1,000 servers on the ground and another 600 computers and servers literally in the clouds every day on their fleet of over 100 aircraft. Their existing exchange solution and ten man IT team were struggling to cope with the growth trajectory of the business and an innovative solution was required.

Crayon, the software experts business, have today launched their new global online platform.The new website has multiple language environments to support the growing global footprint of the business.

The site is optimised for desktop and mobile access with an easy to use gateway into the organisation’s proprietorial tools and portals. Individual countries have the capability to support multiple languages within their environment and can localise content as required for their market within a new design framework that is common to the whole business.

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In advance of the launch of Crayon's New Global Web Platform later this month the business is previewing it's first corporate video, "Masters of the Technology Frontier".

The video uses the metaphor of a Nordic adventurer safely traversing a hazardous environment to simply illustrate the core proposition of the global “Software Experts” business of helping it’s customers navigate through the increasingly complex IT landscape whilst optimising their ROI from complex technology.

“The film’s production quality is illustrative of the premium, content rich marketing strategy that Crayon will be deploying across our global business footprint from the beginning of 2015” commented Ashley Gatehouse, Global Marketing Director, Crayon Group.

Crayon are the global leader in Software Asset Management (SAM), Volume Licensing and associated Consulting and Professional Services. Trusted advisers to the world’s leading organisations, we help ensure our clients truly optimise their licensing estate and remain compliant in the new hybrid cloud world.

The Company is a Microsoft top 10 global LSP, a top 3 global SPLA reseller and Microsoft’s Global CA LSP Winner 2014 as well as Global No.1 SAM Partner 2013. The business has over 750 employees and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with branches around the world.

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Crayon continued it's unprecedented year of award successes with yet another Microsoft accolade in a triumphant ceremony in Stockholm last night!

The ‘Global Software Experts’ beat off competition from other leading LSPs, including Insight and Comparex, to carry off the Microsoft Licensing & SAM Partner of the Year Award for Sweden!

A Microsoft spokesman said…”Crayon has continued its strong growth driving on time renewals, innovative licensing solutions and SAM-projects whilst also delivering a strong focus on a transformation to cloud based solutions by implementing hybrid cloud and Office 365 deployment projects”

“This award is a recognition of the fabulous work that Crayon here in Sweden continue to do on behalf of our customers and technology partners and I am delighted to accept it on behalf of the whole team”…commented Tomas Bylund, CEO Crayon Sweden.

Crayon are the global leader in Software Asset Management (SAM), Volume Licensing and associated Consulting and Professional Services. Trusted advisers to the world’s leading organisations, they help ensure their clients truly optimise their licensing estate and remain compliant in the new hybrid cloud world.

The Company has over 750 employees and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with branches around the world.

Microsoft is once again making significant price changes by the 1 of January 2015.  Please read the material and if you have any questions or concerns please contact your local Crayon Account Manager, for additional updates.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Microsoft will change prices for these products on the January SPLA price list: Windows Server, CIS, Dynamics AX, CRM, NAV, GP and SL. These prices will be published Dec 1, 2014 on explore.ms except for Dynamics NAV & GP and SL 2011.

DETAILS / PURPOSE

Effective January 1, 2015, Microsoft willincrease the prices it charges SPLA Resellers for the following software products. Microsoft will publish the January pricelist onDecember 1, 2014 on explore.ms. Please note, there may be slight differences (+/-) on the published pricelist depending on any regional price list variances/currencies.

Part Number Software Product Change
P71-01031 Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter 1Processor 13%
P73-04837 Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard 1Processor 20%
FUD-00009 Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter 1Processor 9%
YJD-00007 Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter 1Processor 9%
P71-01031 Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter 1Processor Academic* 13%
P73-04837 Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard 1Processor Academic* 20%
FA8-00098 Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Functional User SAL 14.25%
FA8-00093 Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Functional Device SAL 14.25%
FA8-00094 Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Task Device SAL 50%
QHH-00028 Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Provider Professional SAL 25%
QHH-00089 Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Provider Basic SAL 30%
QHH-00090 Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Provider Essential SAL 25%
QHH-00028 Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Provider Professional SAL Academic* 25%
QHH-00089 Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Provider Basic SAL Academic* 30%
QHH-00090 Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Provider Essential SAL Academic 25%
65D-00074 Dynamics GP 2010 R2 AM Full User SAL** 23%
65D-00112 Dynamics GP 2010 R2 AM Employee Self Service User SAL** 39%
65D-00113 Dynamics GP 2010 R2 BE Full User SAL** 23%
4CL-00126 Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 AM Full User SAL** 23%
4CL-00385 Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 AM Employee Self Service User SAL** 39%
4CL-00386 Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 BE Full User SAL** 23%
65F-00011 Dynamics SL 2011 AM Full User SAL** 23%
65F-00059 Dynamics SL 2011 BE Full User SAL** 23%
65F-00058 Dynamics SL 2011 AM Employee Self Service User SAL** 39%

Effective January 1, 2015, Microsoft will decrease the prices it charges SPLA Resellers for the following software products.

Part Number Software Product Change
FA8-00096 Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Enterprise User SAL -4.75%
FA8-00092 Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Enterprise Device SAL -4.75%

 

Microsoft will increase CRM 2013 prices to properly establish SPLA prices relative to CRM 2013 prices in other VL programs. Current CRM 2013 prices are set below benchmarks for other VL products available in SPLA. This price increase is a step toward closing the pricing gap between CRM 2013 Service Provider and CRM 2013 in other VL programs.  Microsoft plans to make Dynamics CRM 2015 Service Provider available in SPLA during December 2014. Please share this information within your organization as appropriate.

*The academic licenses only apply for software services provided to Qualified Educational End Users and do not apply in any other circumstance.

**This licensed software has been deleted from the price list. You may only continue reporting this software if you reported it when the software was generally available unless otherwise permitted by a SPLA amendment. Service Providers under a new or renewal SPLA may only report usage for the available versions, Dynamics GP 2013, Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, and Dynamics SL 2011, using the part numbers and prices on the SPLA price list published on explore.ms.