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Official Release of Snow for Office 365

Blog Post created by Myrja.Schumacher Employee on May 16, 2017

Snow for Office 365

Product:                              Snow License Manager

New version:                      8.1 

Build no:                             #6331

Revision:                             #310

Release date:                     May 16,  2017

Distribution                       Setup package and SUS

Current status:                  Released to market

 

We are pleased to announce the availability of Snow for Office 365 as part of the Snow License Manager 8.1 release, on May 16th, 2017.

 

SNOW FOR OFFICE 365 OVERVIEW

Snow for Office 365 extends Snow users’ view of the Microsoft estate to provide a single integrated view of all Microsoft Office users, usage and cost across on-premises, Office 365 and mobile platforms.

Snow for Office 365 directly addresses key pain points faced by organizations using the world’s most popular SaaS application, Microsoft Office 365. With an integrated view of on-premises, SaaS, and mobile usage, organizations can eliminate overspend by identifying unused and duplicate licenses. Component-level usage details empower organizations to select the most cost-efficient subscription level for each user in the enterprise, which considering an Office 365 list price range of $8/month to $35/month, can drive significant cost savings.

In addition to detailed, actionable intelligence, Snow for Office 365 provides automated approval-driven workflow technology to attack administrative costs which can equal as much of 93% of Office 365 licensing expense. Organizations can leverage automation to support self-service access request, redeploy unused licenses, shift users to lower cost plans based on usage and provision time-limited subscriptions of expensive services such as Project 365, Visio 365.

The full Snow for Office 365 offering comprises Snow License Manager, Snow Integration Connectors and Automation Platform. 

 

 

IMPORTANT PRICING INFORMATION

Snow for Office 365 is the first of a series of new ‘Cloud Connectors’ that will be introduced in the coming months into the Snow Integration Connector package.

 

ON PREMISE/EULA/PERPETUAL LICENSES

Perpetual license Snow Integration Connector is sold separately. The prices for Snow Integration Connector license and annual maintenance will increase 20% effective August 31st, 2017. Please refer to the On Premise/EULA price sheet for details.

 

SERVICE PROVIDER EDITION (SPE) PRICING

To reflect the significant value being introduced in the upcoming Cloud Connectors along with the additional value that has been available in the Software Recognition Service, Snow is aligning the prices of SPE, Software Recognition Service and client fees with a 15% increase of the annual cost. To help our partners prepare and recognize the full benefit of the Office 365 connector, we are pleased to announce this increase will not be introduced until August 31st 2017, giving you more than three months’ free use of the new connector!

 

SNOW FOR OFFICE 365 - KEY USE CASES, FEATURES AND BENEFITS 

Challenge

Feature/Benefit

Duplicate licenses.  “I need a consolidated view of installed (device-based) and SaaS users of Microsoft Office to ensure I haven’t bought duplicate licenses for the same person.”

Consolidated cloud and device-based reports:  Provides complete visibility into cloud and device-based users and usage of Office 365, enabling identification and remediation of duplicate licenses.

Unused licenses.  “I believe there are many licensed users not using O365 either because they don’t need it or because they left the organization.  I would like to reassign these licenses to other users and ensure I’m not wasting money.”

Detailed usage and entitlement analysis: Provides detailed usage reports at the individual user and cost center level, enabling identification and reassignment of unused licenses.

Expensive subscription levels.  “I know that many of my users don’t need all the applications to which they are currently entitled.   I need detailed usage information so that I can save money by downgrading their subscription.”

Component-level entitlement analysis.  Provides component-level usage details, enabling organizations to select the most cost-efficient subscription level for each user in the enterprise.

Manual processes.  “Despite being a SaaS application, I’ve found Office 365 still requires significant resources to manage.  I need automated processes to add new users, reassign licenses and select the correct subscription plan; manual processes are inaccurate and time consuming.”

Automated, approval-driven workflows

·       Self-service access request

·       Time-limited access to expensive services (Ex: Project 365, Visio 365 and PowerBI Pro)

·       Harvest and reassign licenses

·       Automatically shift users to lower cost plans based on usage information

·       Fully customizable to fit customer’s needs

 

For any questions regarding this exciting new release please contact your Account Manager.

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