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Annual Purchase and Renewal of Software Site Licenses

ITS coordinates various volume purchases and site licensing programmes for departments to acquire the commonly used software items at educational and discounted prices. Departments please take note of the coming renewal arrangement of the following software items:

1. Statistical Software –SAS

SAS: The coming renewal exercise for SAS covers July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Departments interested in using this product can subscribe the SAS licenses from ITS on a cost-recovery basis.  Notification will be sent to the subscribing departments in May 2021. 

2. Microsoft Products

Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES):  We continue to centrally subscribe the EES for all departments for June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022.  With this arrangement, all departments are eligible to use the up-to-date versions of Windows and Microsoft Office products on all PCs owned or leased by departments during the subscription period. Departments interested in ordering the additional subscription products may refer to ITS Tender Price under HKU Portal and get a formal quote from the supplier.

Microsoft Product & Services Agreement (MPSA):  We are working to renew the tender (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) for departments to purchase other Microsoft products on perpetual basis that are not covered by EES.  The renewed tender price will be posted up at ITS Tender Price under HKU Portal. 

3. Anti-virus Solutions – Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business

For departments who need to use Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business (KAV) for July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022, we will consolidate the purchase requests from departments and place an order with the supplier.  Details will be sent to departments soon.

4. Symantec Ghost

Symantec Ghost: The current maintenance period of Symantec Ghost ends on 30 June 2021.  Departments can receive software upgrades, updates and patches of Symantec Ghost for licenses with active maintenance or they can consider not renewing the Ghost licenses if they do not need these services. Departments using Symantec Ghost licenses will receive the renewal notification very soon.

There are other centrally provided software items which are available for use by staff and/or students without additional cost to them. These include Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educate, MATLAB and Simulink, Microsoft Azure for Students, Microsoft Office 365, Qualtrics, SmartDraw, SPSS Products, Sophos Endpoint, Zoom, Camtasia and PDF Exchange Pro.

In case you have any questions on the above, please feel free to contact our Ms Winnie Cheung at 3917 6247 or itssw@hku.hk.

Bonnie Lau
Office Administration Team
Tel: 3917 8734
Email: bonlauwl@hku.hk