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  • Microsoft Contracts 101 Dan Brewster
    Director of Client Services – Microsoft, NPI

    It’s no secret that sourcing Microsoft products and services is a complex undertaking. One of the first things IT buyers should get their head around are the various contracts that Microsoft provides – and the multi-level “architecture” of how they relate to each other. There are several different types of agreement documents to review: The...

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  • Are You Paying Too Much for Visual Studio? Cindy Barron-Taylor
    Director of Client Services - Microsoft, NPI

    If your organization has more than a handful of developers, Visual Studio licenses are likely important to your organization. But what you may not be aware of is whether your Visual Studio licenses/subscriptions have been optimized for actual usage. That begs a larger question: How often do you reassess the needs of your developer team...

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  • Azure Update: Microsoft Acquires Cloudyn for Cloud Optimization and EMS Admin Finds New Home Joshua Osborne
    Director of Client Services – Microsoft, NPI

    Microsoft’s promise to rapidly grow Azure services continues to play out as the vendor invests heavily in internal development and acquisition. The most recent evidence is Microsoft’s acquisition of Cloudyn, which was finalized at the end of July. Cloudyn helps enterprises and managed service providers optimize their investments in cloud services – a continuing challenge...

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  • What Is “Fair Market Value” When You’re Buying Enterprise IT? Kristian Tuinzing
    Client Services Manager, NPI

    What is fair market value (FMV)? It’s certainly integral to what we do here at NPI - let’s dig a little deeper. “Fair market value” is a term used in many fields, IT purchasing included, to describe a ‘fair’ price in a market. The IRS defines FMV based on precedent case law from United States...

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