Harmonize the offer types (CSP/Open/EA/PAYG)
CSP is a great purchasing model for small and medium businesses, but has some serious problems.
1) Migrating between CSP and any other offer is a very laboursome and expensive project (not to mention that many resources cannot be migrated). This can cause Vendor lock-in and some other major risks for customers using CSP. Currently even PAYG to CSP is not easy.
2) CSP customers are unequal to other Azure users despite the fact that they pay the same or sometimes even more, because they do not have the same services available to them.
3) CSP resellers have to put in a lot of labour to onboard existing customers.
Please work on harmonizing the services between the different offer types so that a Customer in CSP is equal in terms of what services they can use. Furthermore, work on enabling (MS Support assisted or self-service) migration from CSP to PAYG/EA AND vice versa ON THE BILLING LEVEL without service interruptions (as with PAYG to EA or EA to PAYG).
sofiya meri commented
Nice Article and Thanks for Share New Ideas.
Second all of that, but also need to add: please can you harmonise the billing options on Software Subscriptions to match what is available on Reserved Instances? Both RI and SS go hand-in-hand, but you can't pay for SS monthly like you can with RI.
Thank You Very Much, Sir
Ed Smith commented
+1000, this is a serious flaw in the CSP model, there is sometimes little or no reason to bother if the cost of migration outweighs the benefits!