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Jan 16, 2012
New Courses for 2012
Pica Communications is pleased to release its Microsoft Licensing training schedule for 2012.
The schedule includes some significant and exciting changes, such as
Changes to the Two-Day Classroom course
We have revised our course offerings this year, based on feedback from previous courses.
Since many attendees found the two-day classroom course too intense, we've elected to use the two days to cover fewer subjects, giving attendees more time to absorb the most critical information as well as more opportunities for interaction and breaks.
Once again, we will also offer a Web-based course that covers the same material in four 3.5 hour sessions over a period of two weeks.
New Classroom Courses
A new Advanced Licensing Topics course includes some sessions that were previously part of the two-day course, as well as new material. We're particularly excited to be able to offer sessions on Microsoft's System Center line of management and security products. This is a critical part of Microsoft's licensing and business strategy that we were not able to cover in the past. The Advanced Licensing Topics course assumes that you are already quite familiar with how Microsoft products are licensed and sold. Attendance at the two-day licensing course is a recommended prerequisite.
Another major addition is a one-day course on Enterprise Agreements. This course covers Microsoft's most important volume licensing program in depth, including its strengths and weaknesses, alternatives to the EA, and negotiation strategies. Although we recommend the two-day course as a prerequisite, this course reviews some licensing basics from the two-day course, so people who are not completely familiar with Microsoft licensing will get some essential background. Because some of the material is taken from the two-day course, people who have previously attended a two-day workshop will get a significant discount on the Enterprise Agreements Workshop.
For more information see the Workshop/Clinics page.
January 5. 2012
Article: Using Desktop Licenses for Server Features
Check out our new TechTarget article that looks at Microsoft's practice of licensing many server features on the desktops. It may seem inexpensive at first, but add it up over thousands of users and it can be startlingly expensive. Read the article here.
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