The MPSA program is similar to Microsoft`s Select (now discontinued) and Select Plus programs in that these programs allow the customer to purchase less than the entire organization and offer the option to purchase a licensed product only. Why should you buy a licensed product only? Maybe it`s a one-time situation where you need a specific product, know that you don`t plan to update the product anytime soon, or maybe there are separate legal entities that don`t participate in your EA and need to purchase Microsoft products. To make purchases under the MPSA, you must first submit a purchase account registration form to create a purchasing account. This is equivalent to enrolling in the Select or Select Plus program. A purchasing account is a purchasing unit within your organization that you create to order and manage products and services by registering them with an MPSA. This account can be a department, a partner, a subset of employees, or your entire organization. The purchase account registration form links acquiring and legal entities to the MPSA Terms. Your company creates a purchase account. As the name suggests, this entity allows you to order and manage products and services. This is done by registering your purchasing account with an MPSA, and it can be set up for a department, a group of employees, or your entire company. Depending on your company, the account will be assigned to an academic, commercial or government sector.
You can even associate different sectors with an MPSA. For example, you may have some purchase accounts marked as businesses, others as charities, and others as academic organizations while keeping them under the same buying umbrella. A purchasing account is a purchasing unit within your organization that you create to order and manage products and services by registering them with an MPSA. This account can be a department, a partner, a subset of employees, or your entire organization. To register a purchasing account, you must complete a purchase account enrollment form and specify a legal entity on the form. Therefore, purchasing and legal entities are bound by the MPSA Terms. Each purchasing account is registered only once, and each account is assigned a type of business, science, or government sector. You can have purchase accounts from different types of sectors on an MPSA. A purchasing account is designated as the contract administrator. The contract administrator manages the MPSA, monitors the participation of other purchasing accounts in the MPSA, and can fully view the assets of all accounts.
Yes. You can have multiple partners in a single purchasing account for your transactional purchases without having to register a new purchasing account for your purchase unit. This program is designed for large organizations with centralized purchasing, where the head office handles licenses for all subsidiaries. Unlike the MPSA, you can`t decide how to divide your buyers. Each registered affiliate must be a separate legal entity. Your company creates a so-called purchase account. As the name suggests, this entity allows you to order and manage products and services. This involves registering your purchasing account with an MPSA and can be created for a department, a group of employees, or your entire company.
Depending on the company, the account is assigned to an academic, commercial or public sector. They may even have different sectors connected to an MPSA. For example, you may have marked some purchase accounts as businesses, others as charities, and others as academic organizations while keeping them under the same purchase screen. If your company has an MPSA, you can sign in to the Business Center with a business account. Business accounts are the accounts that members of your organization can use to access the Business Center, Office 365, and other Microsoft services for business. The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) is a transactional license agreement for commercial, governmental, and academic organizations with 250 or more users/devices. MPSA is best suited for organizations that want to license Microsoft software, cloud services, or requirements without committing organization-wide as part of a single, never-ending contract. Software Assurance is optional. The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement was jointly developed by Microsoft, its partners, and customers. Like the EA program, the MPSA has four price levels – A, B, C and D.
Every purchase (license, software license, and assurance, etc.) under the MPSA program is associated with a score, and you must achieve the minimum score throughout the year. In contrast, EA requires you to purchase both licenses and Software Assurance. Most customers embrace the EA concept and benefit from discounted pricing to reflect enterprise-wide engagement. But sometimes, even EA customers have to make purchases outside of EA. Volume license keys (VLKs) appear on the Downloads and Keys page in the Business Center. Companies can move up a level at any time. The order that qualifies customers for the next discount threshold (price level) receives the discount. You can cover your entire organization under an agreement, as long as you reach the minimum order quantity within one year of registering.
The products available through the MPSA are also flexible. You can purchase perpetual licenses on-premises with or without Software Assurance and/or online services such as Office 365. And to access all your resources, the MPSA has its own new and improved licensing portal called the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center (MVLC), which should not be confused with the older Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) that all other Microsoft customers still need to use. (Poor souls!) Finally, I would like to mention that a value-added reseller (VAR) like Mirazon is not allowed to sell licenses under these agreements. You must purchase them from a Large Account Reseller (LAR). Still, Mirazon can guide you through the process. We work closely with our partner SoftwareONE, a Microsoft LAR, to meet the needs of our customers as they reach more than 250 workstations. The MPSA licensing program has been in existence since 2014.
It turns out that it works through the Business Center for Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) customers. As a best practice, NPI recommends that all EA customers also have an MPSA on their side so they have the flexibility to purchase under it when needed. It doesn`t require a firm purchase commitment (any minimum purchase threshold is usually waived for EA customers), so there`s no downside – just the benefit of being able to make one-time purchases without Software Assurance. Companies can purchase subscriptions for short-term use. This allows a company to tailor its use (and cost) of software to its specific needs. Digital products can be downloaded from the Microsoft Business Center. It also allows you to combine online and on-premises licenses to best meet your organization`s needs. Microsoft helps you find the right partner for your needs: This program is designed for large organizations with decentralized purchases, which means that groups in your organization acquire their own licenses. The MPSA program is an indirect purchase agreement with Microsoft: you must first select a Microsoft partner to manage the agreement. This reseller partner sets the price and issues you an invoice.
A welcome addition to the MPSA program is that you can have multiple partners on your purchasing account.