The world of Enterprise software solutions can be complex and confusing. With the growing need for organisations to remain agile and competitive, Cisco has introduced its Enterprise Agreement (EA) Program to simplify the process of purchasing and managing software. Cisco is transforming from a predominantly hardware focused company to one that prioritises software first.
In this article, we will look into the ins and outs of the Cisco EA Program, answering common questions and providing insight into the benefits it offers.
The Cisco Enterprise Agreement Program is a flexible software licensing initiative that enables organisations to purchase and manage a wide range of Cisco software products under a single, unified agreement. Including Meraki, DNA Center, AppDynamics, Collaboration (WebEx) and Security Choice. It streamlines the procurement process, reduces costs, and provides access to a range of tools and services to help businesses optimise their software investments.
There are several advantages to using Cisco’s Enterprise Agreement:
The Cisco EA Program includes the following software portfolios:
While True up and True Forward are both mechanisms to address software over-consumption, they work differently:
True Forward is activated under the following scenarios:
Cisco offers several tools to help organisations manage their Enterprise Agreement:
Customers can either add new licences to their existing agreement or purchase additional licences within the same portfolio. This can be done through the Enterprise Agreement Workspace or by contacting a Cisco EA Authorised Partner.
Cisco EA Authorised Partners can be found through the Cisco Partner Locator tool, available on the Cisco website. These partners are trained and certified to help customers navigate the EA process and provide expert advice on software purchases and management.
To be eligible for a Cisco Enterprise Agreement, organisations must meet the following criteria:
The Cisco Enterprise Agreement Program offers a flexible and cost-effective option for organisations to manage their software investments. With simplified procurement, predictable budgeting, and access to the latest technology, businesses can focus on growth and innovation while keeping their software up to date.
By addressing common questions surrounding the EA Program, we hope to provide a clearer understanding of how it works and the benefits it offers. From the software portfolios included and the unique True Forward feature, to the various management tools provided by Cisco, the Enterprise Agreement Program is designed to support businesses of all sizes in their software journey.