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Series of six short Microsoft briefings helping you to prepare for 2022.  Please complete the form opposite and we will notify you when each of the videos and related content is released.


For many organizations, Microsoft represents one of their largest annual investments and managing all aspects of a Microsoft environment has become more difficult than ever. Spiralling costs are the direct result of unchecked consumption. A lack of strategic intelligence, as well as poor planning and forecasting often leads to badly prepared commercial and contractual negotiations, where Microsoft and its resellers retain the upper hand.

Organizations have traditionally only reviewed and negotiated with Microsoft once every three years when their major Enterprise Agreements (EA) have come up for renewal. However, the exponential growth in cloud based subscription services like Azure and M365 has meant organizations must adopt a new all encompassing management and control model or face very significant financial implications.

Our Microsoft experts have developed this mini series comprising an introduction briefing and six 10-15 minute episodes focusing on key areas and offers valuable insights and recommendations to implement within your organization when planning and preparing for your 2022 Microsoft renewal.  

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The Series


Series Introduction - Available Now!
Gareth & Simon discuss the challenges organizations will face in 2022 and introduce our mini series.

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Episode 1 - Microsoft Price Rises:
An insider's view of the recent announcements & how this impacts contract optimization



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Episode 2 - PowerBI & PowerApps: 

Cost optimization, forecasting & negotiation


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Episode 3 - Dynamics 365: 

Licensing changes & price management

Episode 4 - Azure: 
Cost optimization, forecasting & negotiation

Episode 5 - EUC Standard vs Premium: 
“E5”, Security, Telephony & Compliance

Episode 6 - Contract Negotiation: 
Your Microsoft approach & how to plan successfully
























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Simon Leuty
Livingstone Founder

Simon is a founder of Livingstone Technologies. He currently sits on the Executive Leadership Team as Head of Pre-Sales. Simon is responsible for the development roadmap of our client portal LUCE.

He has over 15 years’ experience of the Software Asset Management and Cloud markets, working closely with our growing customer base to help them take control of their software and cloud cost. Simon helps to eliminate unacceptable spend and enforce tight governance standards that keep them compliant, agile and secure.

Gareth Redshaw
Director of Microsoft & Cloud

Gareth joined our team through the acquisition of Cloud Optics, who are now a company in the Livingstone Group. With over 15 years’ experience in software licencing Gareth has helped clients optimise spend, develop their future strategy and taken control of high-profile vendor negotiations; this includes one of the largest UK Government contracts.

Having successfully managed UK wide government EWA contracts from 2009-2011, more recently Gareth developed a proven methodology for cost optimisation.  He has implemented this across EMEA wide clients and delivered substantial savings. Gareth developed and grew the largest LSP’s practice for Microsoft government SME consulting and Cloud Commercial Optimisation.  In addition to this he was responsible for this same LSP’s Licence Consulting UK, Ireland & Nordics.