Have you deployed third-party software and host it (provide it as a service) to your end customers? What is third-party software? Any software that you did not develop but license from another vendor.
Kcura is a great example. Kcura is a third-party software in which nine times out of 10 is provided as a service to legal firms and other entities. These legal firms are non employees of the company licensing kcura software; or in other words – hosting the software. That’s all fine but what about the Microsoft software that’s used to deploy Kcura? How do you license that? In walks are friend SPLA.
To be clear – SPLA is the only program that allows hosting of Microsoft software to non-employees for any application that you do not own. If you are “hosting” third-party software and use Microsoft technology to deploy it…guess what? You need to sign a SPLA agreement. What happens if you don’t? Email me and let me tell you – firstname.lastname@example.org. Compliance team reached out to you? I can help you there too.
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