About Mike Austin

With 15 years of experience with Microsoft Licensing, Mike’s portfolio spans multiple industries including: financial services, high tech, manufacturing, media, health care, government and retail. From medium sized organizations to the Fortune 100, Mike’s clients regularly realize savings of 20-40% from his expertise in their negotiations of Enterprise Agreements and customized Software Agreements. Additionally, Mike assists with software asset management and audits in the prevention of over-purchasing ensuring terms and conditions that reflect actual usage. Mike has successfully negotiated more than 300 EA contracts totaling over $1 billion.

System Center Configuration Manager – Windows Update Model

By | 2018-02-05T21:29:29+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Categories: Method 180 Blog|

This week we will be talking about Microsoft outlines Windows Update Model Using System Center Configuration Manager; Microsoft's newest Windows Server test build adds new storage, failover clustering updates; and Microsoft challenges Chromebooks with $189 Windows 10 laptops for schools. Microsoft Outlines Windows Update Model Using System Center Configuration Manager Microsoft kicked off a

Meltdown and Spectre (and other news)

By | 2018-02-05T20:45:36+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Categories: Method 180 Blog|

This week we will be talking about the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws in virtually all phone and computer chips that has been dubbed as ‘one of the worst CPU bugs ever found’; Microsoft Unified Support Bringing Increased costs for organizations; and automating Azure license assignment in Microsoft Azure. Meltdown and Spectre Security flaws

Is Flexera’s Initiative with Microsoft a Silver Bullet for Software Audits?

By | 2018-01-31T20:15:12+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Categories: Method 180 Blog|

Microsoft and Flexera recently announced a partnership that they claim will use a standard set of software asset management tools.  Click to Read Article Customers who deploy both Flexera’s FlexNetManger Suite and Microsoft’s Intelligent Asset Manager (part of SCCM) would be allowed to set an “agreed upon ELP baseline”.  An ELP is an Estimated

Microsoft News! No Software Assurance? Must-Dos after Feature Pack Installation and Hey, Turn Bluetooth Off When You’re Not Using it!

By | 2018-01-26T16:17:39+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Categories: Method 180 Blog|

In this series we will examine the Microsoft news that’s making headlines around the internet and offer our thoughts and opinions! My Choice Software Releases the Software Licensing CALculator™ This story is about a new tool that has been released into the market by My Choice Software.  The tool is used to look at