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What areas should we focus on while looking for cost savings in Microsoft Cloud and licensing in 2022?

Microsoft 365

First and foremost, prioritise fine-tuning and real-time management of Microsoft 365 licenses. The average savings you can achieve by reprofiling your Microsoft 365 "personas" – licenses that you give your users – plus by re-harvesting licenses assigned to leavers and people that do not need them is about 18% of your entire budget for Microsoft 365. Considering that Microsoft 365's share in your budget may be between 60 and 80%, that is undoubtedly the first thing to consider.

Server licenses

But it shouldn't be the only one. Appreciating that the on-premises deployments are shrinking, we don't see that as a reason to neglect to optimise your server licensing estate. The average cost savings that we see there are about 30 to 35 per cent of the server software budget.

Cloud migrations

The third focus should be on migrations to the Cloud. If you're not using today Azure Hybrid Benefits in Azure and reservations in all the other Cloud platforms, you're not doing your job right. Sorry, but there's no way to put it lightly. Because these two tools are so easy to use, and they're available to you right now. And the cherry on the cake here is that you can turn them on right now without changing the way your Azure is working. You can apply those savings in the background right now, so why don't you? And why don't you have it in the focus of your attention in 2022?

There's another benefit of Azure compared to other Cloud platforms. You are granted a 180 day period during which you can dual-run licenses. You may use them at the same time on-premises and in the Cloud. And during that period, if you plan your migration around that 180 days window, you remain compliant, and you do not have to pay twice.

CSP or EA, or both?

Number four is to review various contracting scenarios. Some of you may not need CSP. Some of you may be okay with just an Enterprise Agreement. It's still available and maybe your best one-stop option. And on the other hand, for some of you, a mixture of agreements may bring additional benefits. Always benchmark various scenarios. That may be a significant area of cost savings for you as well.

March 2022 price increase

And I probably don't have to remind you: March 2022 is coming. So think about early renewals. Keep your Microsoft 365 costs below, unaffected by the promised price hike.