July 1, 2010

Microsoft Agreement Will Result in Software Savings

Vanderbilt students will get some Microsoft software products for free and departments will be charged just $15 under a new partnership between the university and Microsoft.

The Vanderbilt community extensively uses Microsoft products for teaching, research, patient care and administration. Prior to the new relationship, an individual or department procured a license (at a substantially greater cost than under the new Campus Agreement) through the Software Store under the Microsoft Select Agreement. The new partnership, which replaces the Select Agreement, is a subscription site license program specifically designed to address the unique needs of higher education institutions at the lowest possible pricing.

Additionally, individual staff and faculty can now purchase Microsoft Office Pro Plus for personal use under the “home use” program for just $9.95.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this institution-wide solution to students, faculty, staff and departments,” said Matthew Jett Hall, associate chief information architect, infrastructure and associate vice chancellor for Information Technology Services. “New modes of collaboration, knowledge creation, and analysis can be better facilitated across the institution and between other organizations. Our Office Communicator (unified personal collaboration) Pilot can be extended to many more participants; web meetings will be made more available through Microsoft Live meeting, and more sophisticated web based collaboration and document automation solutions can be delivered through SharePoint. We now all have economical access to the latest versions of Microsoft Office, and we will be ready to take advantage of Microsoft’s cloud offerings in Office 2010 through integration with our identity management solutions. Further, we expect software versions to be updated frequently resulting in a more secure environment.”

Integrated collaboration technologies like Microsoft Sharepoint, Office Communicator, and Live Meeting emerge at Vanderbilt at an extraordinarily low cost of deployment. This further enables cross institutional collaboration among researchers, clinicians, faculty and others, advancing opportunities for discovery and education.

To learn more about the Microsoft Campus Agreement, and to find out when software will become available, please go to http://microsoft.vanderbilt.edu.

Some of the software products being offered to the Vanderbilt community under this new agreement:

• Microsoft Office® Pro Plus 2010 (Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, Publisher 2010, Access 2010, InfoPath 2010, SharePoint Workspace 2010, Office Communicator, Office Web Apps, and more.)
• Microsoft Office Macintosh® Edition
• Microsoft Windows® Desktop Operating System (OS) Upgrade to Windows 7 Enterprise

• Unlimited Windows Servers-All Editions including External Connectors
• Unlimited Sharepoint Servers – All Editions including Sharepoint Server for Internet Sites
• Unlimited SQL Servers-All Editions
• Unlimited System Center Suite Servers- All Editions including Management Licenses and System Center Management Suite Datacenter (SMSD)
• Server Management Suite (SMS) Datacenter
• Biztalk Server

Client Access Licenses
• Windows Server Client Access License
• Windows Rights Management Client Access License
• Sharepoint Enterprise and Standard Client Access License
• Forefront Security Suite Client Access Licenses
• System Center Suite Client Access Licenses
• Operations Manager for Desktop

Virtualization Site License
• Site License of Virtual Enterprise Centralized Desktop (VECD)
• Site License of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Package (MDOP) – Includes App-V, MED-V, AGPM, DaRT, DEM, AIS)
• Site License of Windows Remote Desktop Services

Contact: Information Technology Services, 343-9999