Optimizing and Simplifying Microsoft 365 Licensing Costs

After a new acquisition for an existing customer, Centre quickly identified Microsoft licensing waste and sprawl to drastically reduce costs and add flexibility.


Significant License Sprawl

After saving money from a successful cloud optimization, Centre applied the same approach to their Microsoft 365 licenses. Due to a recent merger, multiple tenants were on different billing cycles which included an outstanding number of active licenses assigned to employees no longer active in the business. The previous IT provider did not actively manage the license inventory.


Optimization and Management

After analyzing Microsoft 365 licensing usage and associated costs, Centre removed unassigned and disabled licenses, consolidated CSP records and simplified billing invoices, and made recommendations to optimize the types of licenses being purchased. In addition to savings, penalties were avoided by improving Microsoft licensing and software compliance.

$25K+ annual savings from optimization, 50%+ reduction in licensing complexity, PLUS over 1,200 wasted licensing removed


Proven Microsoft Expertise

Centre is continuing to provide guidance to improve security and compliance for Microsoft 365. Next steps on the cloud journey include providing expertise on how to manage hybrid cloud environments consistently and effectively through virtualization. Centre will continue to provide consulting for best practices and delivering true value for the customer.


"The visibility and expertise Centre provided gave us immediate insight into our licensing."


Infrastructure Manager

Leading Managed Transportation Services Provider in North America

About this Transportation Customer
Leading non-asset based third-party logistics company focused on delivering truckload, less-than-truckload, intermodal, ocean, air, parcel and managed transportation services. With over 100 offices across North America, their comprehensive shipping expertise and networks support a diverse set of industries.

About Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 is designed to help you achieve more with innovative Office aps, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security. Compare and choose from a variety of plans designed for businesses to customize when considering cost, features, and security. Centre's team of Microsoft experts help you fully utilize the benefits of 365 and minimize the risk.

Originally published on October 28, 2020

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