It isn’t very hard to be confused about the upcoming changes to Microsoft’s CSP program or even not be informed. With explanations seemingly targeted mostly at Partner-Level or being a little too complex, I thought I’d do what I do best and crunch the data for you:
CSP ultimately replaced the MPSA model (which replaced the Select Plus). The CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) agreement however was Partner fronted and initially very limited, but quickly became a popular agreement choice because of its affordability and flexibility. Allowing customers to adjust their commitments on a monthly basis and ensuring they weren’t under or over committing where possible.
This is essentially the evolution/transformation/replacement of the traditional CSP model. The NCE (New Commerce Experience) is intended to allow partners to provide better support and more diversified solutions. Allowing customers to:
Whilst some people might be untrusting of the new seemingly forced introduction of the commitment terms that CSP customers were avoiding, the NCE does boast:
Essentially, current CSP customers have the below main options:
According to the last data I received (*please note this might have been updated when you are reading this):
1 March 2022 – all new subscriptions need to go through NCE
1 February 2023 – all subscriptions need to be migrated to NCE
This means that most of you have a little time to get your houses in order.
Don’t forget that EasySAM offers a free health check of your Office 365 estate. So if you aren’t sure whether you have a problem or not, although anonymised, this will certainly flag any issues for you.
As always, I hope this helps navigate the maze that is licensing. Stay safe!
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