My business partner and I attended a MS bootcamp on Licensing yesterday, hosted by Ingram Micro with a trainer from Microsoft. It was an impressive set up at the Manchester Airport Radisson hotel and a great spread thrown in for lunch. Great to see a distributor putting on events in the north and makes me more inclined to move my business away from C2K to Ingram.
The MLSS Lite accreditation is made up of two sections – products and licensing. The ‘Lite’ name certainly rang true and as a techy who is very familiar with Microsoft’s product line there wasn’t anything mind blowing on that side, but my business partner got more out of it. The licensing side re-enforced a lot of what I’ve learnt but also threw up a few surprises, one being another OEM drawback. I always knew that if you upgraded a CPU or mobo under an OEM OS license that license was then invalid. However, what I learnt yesterday was that if a CPU or mobo fails outside warranty, then that also invalidates the OEM license… All the more reason to get at least 3 years warranty when dealing with OEM and it re-enforces the 3 year lifespan of a PC.
After lunch we were all able to sit the two exams and then get them marked while we waited. I’m very pleased to say Sirona now has two licensing specialists and we’ll now look to get it mentioned in our marketing literature.
The next step is to think about doing the higher level courses and exams, but I’m not sure of the relevance to our sector. We’re generally dealing with 5 to 35 users and therefore only a very small area of licensing is applicable. I’m hesitant to invest more time into the higher level accreditations as understandably they don’t just concentrate on our market. Maybe the powers that be will revisit this in the future and create an accreditation linked directly to SBSC, but until then I’ll just make do with my ‘Lite’.