Many of you are aware of the synod’s cooperative buying program called ShopWELS. We are constantly trying to find vendors that provide WELS congregations, schools and other related organizations the best value for their budgeted dollars for things like office products, technology, etc. One area that can be particularly challenging is computer software. It seems like every software company sells their product a little bit differently. They call them CALs, seats, packages, bundles, licenses, and on and on. Some require you to purchase more than one, or claim that one license can be installed on some number of computers provided that… You get the idea. It’s CONFUSING. It’s no longer as easy as running down to the local store, pulling a box of the shelf and paying the price listed on the box.
Beginning today the ShopWELS welcomes SoftwareONE into the program to hopefully clear up all the confusion. SoftwareONE has weeded through all the confusion that companies like Microsoft and Adobe have created with their miriad licensing models. A simple call or email to them with what your needs are will prompt a response that will give you the appropriate license you need, whether that be a charity license or academic, depending on who you are. They will also provide the lowest possible price on products from Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, McAfee, Techsmith, VMWare and Citrix.
With SoftwareONE’s sole focus on software licensing, they can provide the expertise through a consultative, long-term approach to address:
• Confusion around multiple software licensing programs
• Licensing implications with solutions such as virtualization and cloud
• Changes in IT personnel and misplaced information
• Frequent changes in software publishers’ programs
• Existing infrastructure unable to change along with your company
• International currency, multi-language, or taxation
To see sample prices on Microsoft and Adobe products, see all the vendors they resell, or to contact SoftwareONE go to http://www.wels.net/shopwels/softwareone.