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Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft SCE and more Enrollment Types

Introduction: Microsoft SCE (Server & Cloud Enrollment) is one of the three enrollment types under Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement. This article aims to simplify the understanding of Microsoft SCE and other enrollment types, making it understandable for anyone, even if you’re just starting to explore the tech world.

Understanding Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement Enrollment Types

Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement offers three different enrollment types:

  1. Enterprise Enrollment
  2. Enterprise Subscription Enrollment
  3. Server & Cloud Enrollment (SCE)

Each enrollment type has unique features and benefits, and the best choice depends on your organization’s specific needs.

Enterprise Enrollment

Enterprise Enrollment is Microsoft’s standard offer. It rewards organizations for their commitment by offering a range of additional benefits. These include built-in discounts, simplified license management, and the flexibility to add new products, licensing options, and services.

Key benefits of Enterprise Enrollment include:

  • Best pricing and terms
  • User/device or hybrid licensing options
  • Simplified license management
  • Ability to maintain a mix of online and on-premises services
  • Option to move from on-premises to equivalent online services via Add-ons and/or Step-ups
  • Adding Microsoft productivity software like Office, Windows, and CAL Suites on a per-user, per-device, or hybrid basis
  • Adding M365 for simplified license management and per-user licensing for your cloud services

Enterprise Agreement Subscription Enrollment (EAS)

The Enterprise Agreement also has an Enterprise Agreement Subscription Enrollment (EAS) subscription option. This option allows you to use Microsoft products and services without owning the licenses, which can lower your initial licensing costs.

Key points about EAS include:

  • You can adjust the number of subscribers annually based on actual needs.
  • EAS is more expensive in the long run as you rent the software instead of acquiring it.
  • You lose the right to use the license if you do not renew your enrollment.
  • This contract option is often dictated by an Opex versus Capex investment strategy.

Server & Cloud Enrollment (SCE)

SCE is a special enrollment option under the Enterprise Agreement that applies when you commit to one or more key Microsoft server & cloud technologies.

Key points about SCE include:

  • It offers optimal pricing and terms and cloud-optimized and simplified licensing options.
  • It includes discounts on Software Assurance and new licenses with SA.
  • It offers full Software Assurance benefits for deployed licenses.
  • It also encompasses subscription-based licensing, which can be useful if you retire workloads, consolidate, or migrate to the cloud.

FAQs

  1. What are the different enrollment types under Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement? There are three different enrollment types under Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement: Enterprise Enrollment, Enterprise Subscription Enrollment, and Server & Cloud Enrollment (SCE).
  2. What is Microsoft SCE? Microsoft SCE (Server & Cloud Enrollment) is a special enrollment option under the Enterprise Agreement that applies when you commit to one or more key Microsoft server & cloud technologies.
  3. What is the difference between Enterprise Enrollment and Enterprise Agreement Subscription Enrollment (EAS)? Enterprise Enrollment is Microsoft’s standard offer that rewards organizations for their commitment by offering a range of additional benefits. On the other hand, EAS allows organizations to use Microsoft products and services without owning the licenses, which can lower initial licensing costs.
  4. What are the benefits of SCE? SCE offers optimal pricing and terms and cloud-optimized and simplified licensing options. It also includes discounts on Software Assurance and new licenses with SA and offers full Software Assurance benefits for deployed licenses.
  5. Which enrollment type is best for my organization? The best enrollment type for your organization depends on your specific needs and circumstances. For instance, Enterprise Enrollment might be the best fit if you’re looking for the best pricing and terms and want to maintain a mix of online and on-premises services. If you want to keep initial costs low and expect notable changes in your technology needs and workforce size, the Enterprise Agreement Subscription Enrollment (EAS) could be a better choice. If you’re committing to one or more key Microsoft server & cloud technologies, the Server & Cloud Enrollment (SCE) would be the ideal option.

Enterprise Enrollment: A Closer Look

Enterprise Enrollment is Microsoft’s standard offer. It’s their way of saying thank you for committing organization-wide by offering a range of additional benefits. These benefits include the best pricing and terms, user/device or hybrid licensing options, simplified license management, and the ability to maintain a mix of online and on-premises services.

Enterprise Agreement Subscription Enrollment (EAS): A Detailed Overview

The Enterprise Agreement also has an Enterprise Agreement Subscription Enrollment (EAS) subscription option. This option allows you to use Microsoft products and services without owning the licenses, which can lower your initial licensing costs.

Server & Cloud Enrollment (SCE): An In-Depth Analysis

SCE is a special enrollment option under the Enterprise Agreement that applies when you commit to one or more key Microsoft server & cloud technologies. It offers optimal pricing and terms and cloud-optimized and simplified licensing options.

Choosing the Right Enrollment Option

Choosing the right enrollment option for your organization can be a complex task. It requires a thorough understanding of your organization’s needs, your Opex vs Capex strategy, your roadmap for certain products and services, and your Azure strategy.

Conclusion

Understanding Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement enrollment types is crucial for any organization using Microsoft’s services. Each enrollment type has unique features and benefits; the best choice depends on your organization’s specific needs.

Always consider your organization’s specific needs when choosing an enrollment type. If you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to consult with a Microsoft support expert. They can provide personalized advice and help you navigate the complexities of Microsoft’s enrollment types.

Author

  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson possesses 20 years of experience in Oracle license management. Having worked at Oracle for 9 years, he gained an additional 11 years of expertise in Oracle license consulting projects. Fredrik has provided assistance to over 150 organizations worldwide, ranging in size and tackling various Oracle licensing challenges, including Licensing Assessments, Oracle audits, Oracle ULAs, and more.