In One Month, Users Will Be Able to Buy Their Own PowerBI, PowerApps and Flow Licenses in Your Company – And You Can’t Stop Them … #Microsoft365 #GovernanceNightmare

Microsoft has officially lost the plot – something I honestly feel they have been doing a lot of lately ….. but this is next level stuff.

Check the update posted this week, and please note too it says “starting with” – do we assume it will extend to all products in the suite….? We have one month to do what – just roll over and except this? Because there is no setting to block this ability. Based on “customer demand”? Can we please see some proof around this – what sort of customers exactly? I call BS on that. This is nothing more than a revenue generating exercise that compounds the shadow IT issue they profess they wanted to solve with Office 365 groups. It makes no business management sense at all.

What is the point of having enterprise software if it’s owned by everyone except the enterprise? What happens to the systems built using these “self service purchases” when the person leaves the company? Epic fail as far as I am concerned and yet another way that Microsoft is actually destabilizing businesses by focusing so strongly on the individual, that it’s forgotten that it’s companies that are hiring individuals and paying their salaries! How about we go back to focusing on business management – you know, the entities that create jobs….? Maybe it’s just me, but I am NOT impressed with this development. Nor should any other business owner be, let alone the IT Pros responsible for managing this massive platform.


MC193609, Plan For Change, Published date: Oct 21, 2019

Major Update: Announcement Applies To: All Self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products (Power BI, PowerApps, and Flow) will be available for commercial cloud customers starting 11/19.

Today, individuals within your organization are unable to purchase subscriptions or assign licenses for themselves or their departments without contacting you, their admin. Based on customer demand, we’ll soon be enabling self-service purchase and license management capabilities, which will allow users within your organization to purchase products directly, starting with the Power Platform family of products: Power BI, PowerApps, and Flow.

What is the roll-out schedule?

Power BI will be available for self-service purchase in the US starting November 19, followed by PowerApps and Flow and additional geographies beginning December 4. This capability will not be available for customers who are eligible for Government, Nonprofit or Education offers.How does this affect me? As an admin, you will have a view of all self-service purchases within your tenant. You will also be able to see how many licenses users have purchased and which Azure Active Directory enabled users those licenses have been assigned to.

This view will only be available in the new admin center. If you haven’t enabled it yet, you can opt in by selecting the Try the new admin center toggle located at the top of the Home page.To view self-service purchases: In the new Microsoft 365 admin center:

  • Go to the Billing > Licenses page
  • Use the filter to refine results to see Self-service purchases

Note: For users that have purchased any of the products directly, they will now have access to a scoped version of the Microsoft 365 admin center that is limited to their purchases.

How are the self-service purchases managed?

Self-service purchasers are responsible for managing their own billing information, subscriptions and license assignment.

Note: Self-service purchasers cannot view or manage purchases and licenses at the organization level or those owned by other users or departments. Individuals will be able to create support cases and get support directly from Microsoft if they need help related to their purchases.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

The self-service purchase capability arrives automatically and is not configurable, so there’s no action you need to take. We suggest that you update your training and documentation as appropriate.

If you agree that this needs to be better governed and allow us to block this on tenant level, please vote it up on Uservoice.

How this should have been handled.


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