Power to the users? Admins be warned: Microsoft set to introduce

Users can purchase their own licenses and administrators cannot avoid it

  The Power Platform is a set of services that aim to allow users to create their own applications

The Power Platform is a set of services which aims to allow users to create their own applications

Microsoft will allow "self-service purchase and license management capabilities" for Office 365 users, initially for its code services under Power Platform, PowerApps, PowerBI and Flow.

PowerApps is a low code application creation service, PowerBI is for analysis and visualization, and Flow is for automated workflows.

What these services have in common is that they are designed for business users rather than IT administrators or developers. However, Microsoft has overcome an obstacle to "empowerment" for which the Power platform is intended, which is that users must work with their IT administrators to obtain licenses for the services they want to use.

Hence the new announcement, which appeared in a mobile application for Office 365 administrators. "Today, people within your organization cannot buy subscriptions or assign licenses for themselves or their departments without contacting you, its administrator. According to customer demand, we will soon enable self-service purchase and license management capabilities, "says Microsoft

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This does not mean that users will be able to purchase services that are billed through the current billing agreements of the organization. On the contrary, users will get their own mini administration center.

"Users who have purchased any of the products directly will now have access to a reach version of the Microsoft 365 Administration Center that is limited to their purchases. Self-service buyers are responsible for managing their own billing information, subscriptions and licensing, "reads the statement.

A typical scenario would be a director armed with a company credit card that can set up his own billing and licensing administration without worrying IT Administrator.

The benefits are obvious, especially for Microsoft, which can now launch its services directly to end users.

A shadow falls on the faces of system administrators

But IT administrators may not be more satisfied. Not only do they worry about controlling costs, but also about compliance, controlling data dispersion, maintaining consistent systems, etc.

In a conversation on Twitter one comment was that this is "a decision without real consideration of the broader implications. Almost as if Microsoft were supporting Shadow IT. I hope they reverse this quickly."

At least one user was more positive. "As a developer in a large tenant, where my administrator does not give anything on the applied energy platform [sic] is a game changer. I can pay my own license without begging that guy, or wait months even years to get a license. Well done MS, "he said.

According to Microsoft's current statement, administrators will have no other option in the matter. You will get "a view of all self-service purchases within your tenant. You can also see how many licenses users have purchased and which Azure Active Directory enabled the users to whom those licenses have been assigned," according to Microsoft's statement, but "The self-service purchase capacity arrives automatically and is not configurable, so it is not necessary to take any action. We suggest you update your training and documentation as appropriate."

The great event of Microsoft IT management, Ignite, will be launched shortly, provide interested administrators an ideal opportunity to pressure the company by means of controlling this new feature, or the company will insist on the power for people? ®

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