Recently, we announced that Sinequa Search Cloud is now available through Microsoft Azure Marketplace. This blog post explains how acquiring our solution directly from the marketplace brings additional benefits to your organization.

The Microsoft Commercial Marketplace is an online product catalog listing thousands of Microsoft-validated and approved IT software applications, services, and solutions developed by industry-leading technology companies. All marketplace offers can be divided into two spaces – AppSource and Azure Marketplace. While AppSource features business solutions – software as a service (SaaS) apps and apps built for Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Power Platform – Azure Marketplace offers Azure infrastructure-based solutions built for IT professionals and developers.

Through this relationship, Microsoft Azure customers in life sciences, manufacturing, finance, and other verticals can leverage Sinequa’s Search Cloud platform by seamlessly purchasing it directly through the Azure Marketplace with existing Microsoft contracts.

As of today, Sinequa has published 2 offerings on the marketplace – Sinequa for Azure and Sinequa Search Cloud.

All the offerings are enrolled in the Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment (MACC) program, meaning that organizations can efficiently solve their integration needs and take advantage of all the benefits Microsoft Azure Marketplace provides.

The benefits of purchasing directly through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

By acquiring Sinequa from Azure Marketplace, companies can significantly simplify software procurement and IT management due to the benefits the marketplace provides:

  1. Leverage your Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment (MACC) benefit
    Purchasing Sinequa on Azure Marketplace using a subscription related to your Azure agreement can be done directly from your MACC balance and can be used to retire your MACC balance.
  2. Eliminated complexity of managing individual vendor relationships and invoices
    A single, consolidated monthly bill from Microsoft that includes both your Azure Marketplace purchases and your Azure charges streamlines accounting; your procurement team does not need to keep track of multiple purchases from different sources.
  3. Streamlined procurement process
    Transparent contract agreements, consolidated billing and invoicing, and centralized subscription management streamline the procurement process.
  4. Azure-approved and certified products only
    To ensure high-quality solutions and a positive experience for the Azure Marketplace customers, Microsoft validates all offers available from the marketplace so you can be sure your solutions meet high standards in all areas.
  5. Terms and conditions are available as a part of the purchase flow
    All offers available on the marketplace provide links to the vendors’ license agreement and privacy policy. Acknowledging these agreements, as well as having an opportunity to view them, is part of the marketplace purchase flow.

Leverage Your Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment to deploy Sinequa Search Cloud

To use Microsoft Azure Marketplace services or Azure infrastructure, organizations often rely on Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment (MACC) – a contractual commitment that customers make with Microsoft for specific amounts of Azure spend over time.

The amount of spending for Microsoft Azure services must be defined upfront. Since defining limits for Azure consumption is often challenging, companies allocate budgets exceeding their actual needs.

To check whether your organization has a qualifying agreement, sign in to the Marketplace Given it is a “use it or lose it” kind of deal – it is impossible to get any credit or roll the leftover budget into the next period. In the case of underspending the budget, companies could waste 5-15 percent consumption, translating to hundreds of thousands of dollars unused in their commitments.

To check whether your organization has a qualifying agreement, you need to sign in to the Marketplace experience within the Azure portal using an account associated with your organization. Alternatively, you can contact the IT department of your company. In the same way, you can discover the eligible spend for your commitment, including how much your organization has consumed and how much is left in the current period.

Any remaining Azure spend by the end of the period can be used to purchase Sinequa, a Microsoft Azure eligible solution.