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.

Office Pro Plus Support Change

By | 2017-11-29T14:26:42+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017, Method 180 Blog, Microsoft, Microsoft Office, Support|Tags: , , , , , , |

Microsoft announces support policy change to Office Pro Plus and the versions that can connect to Office365 Services. You can read up on this announcement here: https://redmondmag.com/articles/2017/04/20/office-365-proplus-policy-changes.aspx Wow is all I can say.  Microsoft is really deciding to alienate any customer who decides that they do not want to follow their Office365 train. The gist

Office 365 Decision Model – The Only Tool You Need

By | 2017-11-29T14:31:39+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: 2017, cloud, deployment, EA, Enterprise Agreement, Method 180 Blog, microsoft, Microsoft Cloud, Microsoft Licensing, Microsoft Office, Office 365, Office 365 Deployment, SA, Software Asset Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Office 365 is one of the first things our clients mention when they talk to us.  Its one of the top concerns or challenges that they have and one of the common things that we hear from them is that they are tired of purchasing software or services that they never use.  In the world


By | 2017-11-29T15:46:51+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: 2016|

The number five thing that I learned from Microsoft in 2015 is that they're still selling the Enterprise Agreement, not value.  I always say you can't make these things up, but we recently were working with a client. They're not in an Enterprise Agreement. They just buy through the Select or the MPSA program, but

The Top 10 Things I Learned From Microsoft in 2015 Tip #4

By | 2017-11-29T15:47:29+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Categories: Method 180 Blog|

The number 4 thing we learned from Microsoft in 2015 is that, in general, Microsoft as a group is not prepared. What do I mean by this? If you've watched Video 1, Video 2, and Video 3, you'll realize that we've talked a lot about preparing for your negotiations with Microsoft, going at it from


By | 2017-11-29T15:50:04+00:00 August 13th, 2016|Categories: Method 180 Blog|

The number three thing that I learned from Microsoft in 2015 is, it's all about Microsoft. They really don't care about you. I know that sounds harsh, but it truly is. Over the last few years, Microsoft has made a number of changes. Again, this is public, you can read this stuff over the internet.

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