Open Value (volume licensing agreement)
The Microsoft Open Value Volume Licensing agreement is the contract for SMEs which want to benefit from Software Assurance and would like to acquire their software without standardising their IT infrastructure. The first purchase of 5 licenses (all software included) is sufficient to set up this contract.
This contract, therefore, allows you to purchase perpetual licenses (valid for an unlimited period), imperatively with Software Assurance.
Once the contract has started, you have the option of purchasing additional licenses with no minimum quantity for the next three years. At the end of the three years, you will need to establish a new contract to extend Software Assurance and/or continue to purchase licenses under this type of agreement. You can, of course, decide to stop there and keep the acquired software.
An Open Value contract can be shared by several companies within the same group, as long as they are present in the same territory. In Europe, the territory is limited to the European Union and the EFTA zone (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).
Who is the Open Value licensing agreement for?
This contract is intended for small and medium-sized enterprises which:
- want to acquire their licenses
- want to benefit from Software Assurance
- do not want to standardise their IT infrastructure
Benefits of the Open Value licensing agreement:
- Easy to setup: only require five licenses
- Simplified administration
- Flexible: You only buy what you need, no obligation
Disadvantages of Open Value Licensing:
Not the best contract if you’re planning to purchase user subscriptions, like Microsoft 365