ESS seems easy to manage but when I last looked it cost a lot more. You are basically buying all your licences every year. Which can work out cheaper on upgrade years but the way I look at is in none upgrade years like between 2007 and 2010 we would pay zero or a small amount for new machines, far less than ESS. I guess its not the same situation for everyone.
I switched over from perpetual licenses to EES last summer, because:
* we were about to upgrade to Office 2010 at the request of the Head of Curriculum ICT. This is about £35ish per PC; £35 x 400 = £14k
* we're going Win7 over this coming summer, at about £30 a machine, x 400 = £12k
* with 112 staff, our EES cost works out about £4.5k iirc
So it balances out at about the 6 year mark - at which point we'll likely be upgrading one or the other anyway. In that time we'll have benefited from the Home Use Program, FEP (saving us £2k pa on AV), TechNet and Online Exchange Forefront and Office 365... and above all, peace of mind that the licensing is ok.
We are a BSF school about to move accross in sept this year. We to are discussing what we want to do with regards for licensing. A few interesting points were brought up about this.
- yes you can buy 3 years worth of licensing at a time but as you have already mentioned, what happens in three years when there is not as much BSF money to spend.
- If you choose the EES route, if after the deal finishes you dont want it any more, you have to buy yourself out of the deal. I think its about a years payment.
- If like us, you are having a managed service, does the contract include upgrading machines? Its pointless to have the option to upgrade to the latest software if the company wont do it for the life of the managed service.
In the end, it was better for us to buy licenses for the machines individually.
This may be the best thing Microsoft have done for education.
It does depend on how many clients you have, how often you plan to upgrade/migrate, and what you are currently running regards OS and Office. Over the next 10 years we will save tens of thousands, even more if Security Essentials replaced Sophos when the current deal expires. If you're already on Win 7 and Office 2010 then you are unlikely to save as much, but it may still be beneficial depending on those other numbers.
Whilst it's not impossible that Microsoft would simply end EES, I can't see that happening within the next decade and they could well risk losing custom altogether if they did at any point now that it's been established. As for cost - well, yes it may increase a little after the first 3 years, but if you look at the Schools Agreement, those costs fell considerably. I don't think MS are lulling us into a false sense of security here.
Also do your home work and work out bought licenses over rented, thats all i did and thought that the EES is the best option as we initially had a schools agreement in place. Also the desktop package allows you to buy a machine with windows7 home and upgrade to pro or enterprise.
EES is brilliant in most cases. I have only come across one or two schools that it doesn't make sense for. I've dealt with them since they cam out so if you have any questions or need any quotes, just let me know :)
Millgate , there was a primary schools breakaway session where people like me, @witch and @AngryTechnician gave Microsoft a hard time. (There were others, but we were probably most vocal ;) )
It does not not suit smaller schools because the ratio of Microsoft definition FTE staff to the number of PCs is too small. In our case we employ more staff on 200 hours per year than we have computers in school!
Those selling EES need to make sure that schools understand that most of their part-time staff are full-time in Microsoft's rules.
From a sales point of view, there's no difference between selling ees and anything else. We don't get more "points" or a pat on the back. Even with hardware, I don't recommend it unless its beneficial. Happy clients make the job a lot better :)
EES with Software Assurance \ Enterprise CALs = win :)
If you factor in the extras you get with it that can replace other systems (anti-spam, AV etc) it looks even better value plus you're always as close to the cutting edge of new releases as you wish to be!
Well guys you have all come up trumps again and I have decided that in todays meeting I will, on balance, recommend we go down the ESS front. The maths for our establishment seems to add up in favour of ESS, I just need to convince SLT and Capita that that is what we need. I think Capita are on my wavelength!??!
Thanks to all who responded... have a good week!