Microsoft Open Value Overview
Published: March 24, 2003 |
Updated: June 26, 2006
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Microsoft Open Value enables small to mid-size organizations that have
fewer than 250 desktop PCs to use and manage Microsoft software licenses
under a single agreement. Open Value offers simplified license management,
better control over your investment, and better management of software
Microsoft Software Assurance benefits—including new version upgrades,
technical training, end-user training, and partner services—are available
through the term of the agreement. Software Assurance helps your
organization improve software resource planning, helps you measure return
on your software investment, and helps increase productivity for workers,
IT staff, and the organization as a whole.
Open Value Options
Microsoft Open Value offers three options for software acquisition and
Open Value Company-wide option. With the Company-wide
option, your organization receives the rights to run the software
for as long as it is needed (perpetual). It can provide significant
savings and predictable costs on Microsoft technology with
three-year spread payments.
Non–Company-wide option. With the Non–Company-wide option,
you can license software on a portion of your desktops or servers
and manage your software costs by paying for your license in three
annualized payments. If you have a Company-wide agreement, you can
simplify management of your licenses by adding Non–Company-wide
licenses onto your Company-wide agreement.
Subscription option. With the Subscription option, you can
choose to pay a single price per desktop (five-desktop minimum) to
deploy Microsoft technology as the standard across the organization,
just as with the Company-wide option. The Subscription option gives
your organization the rights to run the software company-wide only
during the term of the agreement with Microsoft. More information about offerings available outside Indonesia is available on the Web sites for Microsoft
Volume Licensing worldwide. Visit
Microsoft Volume Licensing sites worldwide.
more about Software Assurance
Benefits of Open Value
Open Value benefits include:
The ability to run any software version. Tracking and
managing licenses can be challenging, especially if people are
running different versions of software. With Microsoft Open Value,
you can control the upgrade cycle with the latest software releases
and can run any version of software. It provides greater peace of
Flexibility for business growth. As your organization
grows and you need to purchase new desktops, it's easy to integrate
the licenses from the new desktops computers into your existing Open
Value agreement through Software Assurance. Software Assurance must
be purchased within 90 days of the date you purchased the
The ability to deploy the software you need now. Open
Value grants the rights to run any version of the software so that
you can stay current and upgrade when you want. With New Version
Rights and flexible version management, you can focus more on
implementing critical IT projects instead of on building a business
case for the next upgrade.
Predictable planning and budgeting. If your organization
needs longer-term visibility into IT budget planning, Open Value
offers predictable annual payments to help you make better decisions
about which IT projects to implement each year.
Spread payments. Open Value helps organizations that have
a limited budget. You can amortize your software costs over three
years, similar to financing without the interest rates and
associated fees. With reduced up-front costs and payments spread
over time, you can afford to get the software you need
Benefits of Open Value Company-wide
Open Value Company-wide offers additional savings opportunities and a
single price per desktop PC to organizations that want to standardize all
their desktops on one or more Microsoft enterprise products. The
Company-wide option includes the following additional benefits:
Better manageability. If you manage multiple agreements,
company-wide purchasing allows you to consolidate multiple Microsoft
contracts into a single agreement, track licenses online, and
standardize all of your PCs on the latest software version. It gives
you confidence that you have your licenses under control.
Easier license management. Managing software assets is a
critical issue for many businesses. Open Value enables you to
legitimately install new software as you need it and pay for it all
at the end of the year.
Minimize risk and remain compliant. You're responsible for
managing new software installations by your IT team and end users.
Having upgrade rights means your organization can install the latest
version of software without worrying about accidentally becoming
noncompliant. This makes it easier for you to reduce your business
More value for software. Open Value includes discounts on
frequent upgrades and company-wide purchasing, so you get the best
deal for your software purchases. It also provides an agreement that
helps you better predict your costs over three years.
Return on investment. Making a strategic choice to
standardize on multiple Microsoft software solutions helps you save
additional costs. Open Value Company-wide provides discounts and
upgrade rights when your organization licenses Microsoft Office,
Microsoft Windows Desktop Professional Upgrade, and Client Access
Licenses (CAL) for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Windows Server, and
Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft Systems Management Server
(SMS) together on each desktop.
Compare Volume Licensing Programs
Microsoft offers several Volume Licensing programs that are designed to
meet the needs of different organizations. You can compare Open Value with
the other programs to find the one that's right for your organization.
Open Value with other Volume Licensing programs
How to Acquire
For more information about Open Value, contact your Microsoft partner
or find an authorized reseller near you. If you are not currently working
with a Microsoft partner, contact an authorized Microsoft reseller to
learn more about acquiring Microsoft Open Value.
an authorized reseller near you
For information about offerings available outside Indonesia, including Open Value Subscription, visit the Microsoft Volume
Licensing Web site for your country or region.
a the Microsoft Volume Licensing Web site for your region