Cut and paste this letter if you need to justify this training for your boss:

Dear [your boss's name here]:

I’d like to attend in-depth training on licensing Microsoft products and services. The seminar will help me obtain essential but hard-to-find licensing knowledge and best practices—knowledge I’ll use to help our organization make smarter Microsoft-related licensing decisions, avoid potentially expensive compliance mistakes, negotiate more effectively with Microsoft, and get the most out of our Microsoft investments.

The “Licensing Boot Camp” training is given by Directions on Microsoft, an independent analyst firm in the Seattle, WA, area – just down the street from Microsoft headquarters – that has focused exclusively on Microsoft technologies and licensing programs since 1992. Their Microsoft Licensing Boot Camp provides 18 hours of intensive licensing training, including:

  • Microsoft 365: packaging & licensing, including additional-cost extras that may be required, and product inter-dependencies and support life cycles that could impact licensing
  • Azure: licensing common workloads; purchasing & payment options; savings opportunities
  • License compliance: how to avoid traps, preventing costly audits, without overbuying
  • Contract negotiation: Tips on structuring our negotiation plan, negotiation tactics, and best ways to gain strategic concessions

At the seminar, I’ll also have the chance to hear how my peers from around the globe deal with Microsoft licensing and contract issues, including lessons learned, success stories, and things to avoid. The registration fee covers Boot Camp admission, access to experts for one-on-one discussions, and valuable content to share with my colleagues.

This event is held only a few times a year, and feedback from previous Boot Camp attendees indicates it’s well worth the investment.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

[your name here]