Licensing Advice

It's fair to say that software licensing models can be headache. They can also be a distraction when you're trying to serve your customers or solve a technical challenge with your application.

Grey Matter is a recognised licensing specialist and we're proud to hold many partner accreditations. We work directly with hundreds of vendors and focus on understanding their schemes so that whatever your needs we can offer the best advice. For you, this means getting exactly what you need faster and at the right price; no more over-paying, compliance issues or software licensing conundrums.

So whether you are looking for cloud, on-premise or hybrid licensing we will get you on the right track.

Microsoft Licensing

Grey Matter have been offering Microsoft volume licences since 1986 and more recently, we have been accredited as a Direct and Indirect Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), and a SPLA Reseller. We are a Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller (AER) and a Bing Maps and ISV Royalty Distributor and all of our licensing experts are Microsoft Certified Professionals or are Microsoft Licensing Accredited.

We offer a full range of Microsoft products and services and pride ourselves on providing the best advice to our customers. With perpetual licensing being available on CSP and other changes, its often hard to know the best route to take for your business, this is where we come in.

Academic: Available to schools, colleges and universities as perpetual or subscription licenses through CSP or Open Value programs.

Charity: Not-for-Profit licensing is available on a perpetual basis or on subscription basis through CSP.

We offer full advice on:

  • CSP Direct (for own use) and Indirect (for resale)
  • Open Value
  • MPSA
  • Enterprise Agreements
  • SPLA
  • ISV Royalty
  • Bing and Azure Maps

ISV Royalty

The ISV Royalty Licensing Programme is for ISVs who embed Microsoft software in their on-premise solution.

  • Licenses paid in arrears supporting cash flow
  • Reduced license costs
  • Sell to customers worldwide
  • Reduce installation and administration costs
  • Provide your users a complete solution
  • Software Maintenance option

There are a wide range of products included in this programme, for example: SQL Server, Dynamics 365, Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS), Office Pro Plus, BizTalk Server, SharePoint Server, and Exchange Server.

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CSP For Cloud

As a Direct and Indirect Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider, Grey Matter can help you to move your workloads and those of your customers to the cloud. The Grey Matter CSP Programmes include:

  • Free initial consultation with a technical consultant
  • Access to GMCirrus, our cloud management platform
  • Best of breed service desk: dedicated teams based in the UK and USA, office hours support with 2-hour SLA
  • Pay monthly with simple, clear monthly bills
  • Flexible licensing option: increase and decrease your users/usage whenever you need or lock in your usage for discounts
  • 99.9% uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  • Known costs: with our quoting service you can have confidence in the costs of moving to the cloud
Microsoft Visual Studio

Visual Studio Subscriptions

Visual Studio is a comprehensive set of tools and resources designed to allow you to create, deploy, and manage applications through their entire lifecycle. There are many ways to acquire Visual Studio based on your development, testing and deployment requirements and we’d be happy to advise you on the best licensing model and product to help you achieve your needs.

The monthly and yearly subscriptions offer:

  • Cost effective monthly or annual billing
  • Subscriber updates to the latest version
  • Simplified management and support from Grey Matter

Contact us

Whatever help you need, contact us today and one of our Licensing team will be in touch ASAP. If you have specific requirements please let us know so we can find a  better solution and reach your objectives faster.

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