MICROSOFT New Zealand and the Tertiary Technology Procurement Group (TTPG) have reached a software licensing agreement that will give 32 tertiary institutions access to preferential pricing.
The deals are available to eligible publicly-funded institutions, such as universities and polytechnics, through Microsoft’s Education Large Account Resellers.
Nils Beehre, education manager at Microsoft New Zealand says the agreement is based on the vendor’s global Tertiary Campus arrangement, but has been modified in conjunction with the TTPG to meet the needs of local tertiary institutions.
“We worked with the group to combine the requirements of its members with our programmes and created an arrangement that is appropriate for the New Zealand education sector,” he says.
At the core of the offering are licences for the Windows operating system and Office suites, but other software such as server applications can also be included.
“The agreement is designed to be flexible and to give institutions the options that meet their needs,” says Beehre.
The deal includes licenses for machines owned and based at an institution, but provision is also made for home worker rights for staff, and while machines owned by students are not automatically included, institutions can choose to license them as well.
Beehre says organisations can continue to work with the educational reseller of their choice under the agreement, adding Microsoft has fully briefed channel partners on the terms and options available.
The agreement is offered to institutions for one or three-year terms, but Beehre says the majority of organisations have chosen the three-year option. The TTPG was formed in early 2003 with the aim of joining the combined buying power of public tertiary educational institutions in purchases of IT-related products and services.