From November 19, all users within an organization can bypass Office 365 administrators and purchase their own licenses for Microsoft Power Platform subscriptions. The Power Platform, which includes Power BI, PowerApps and Flow, will initially be available for most commercial cloud -customers in the United States, availability in other markets will be known “in due time”.
According to Microsoft, the action is intended to enable individual end users to “develop their own solutions to unlock productivity and increase business impact.” “As a result of the digital transformation, traditional roles are changing,” the company said. “As employees become more independent and familiar with technology, we see increasing demand from both users and organizations to enable users to purchase a subscription themselves.” However, the decision has already provoked a flood of criticism, including from the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM), who called the action a “road to chaos”.
“By basically bypassing all checks on licenses and purchases within companies, it will be incredibly difficult to know what has been purchased, who has purchased it, when it needs to be renewed, what needs to be ‘patched’ and which software is not protected against hackers for longer, “said Barbara Rembiesa, CEO of the trade association. “The result will be a jumble of confusion, bad records and huge fines.” She also said that the action would lead to “huge waste” if other software makers followed this example. To alleviate IT managers’ fears, Microsoft reiterated that administrators “have control over what services and products within their company are based on their data governance and compliance requirements”.
“In addition, all data management and access policies that your organization has deployed will continue to apply to self-purchased services,” the organization said. If a license holder leaves a company, the subscription remains active until the buyer cancels the subscription himself, or if a request from the admin to cancel the subscription comes in through customer support.