Ability to BLOCK self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products
Message centre update refers : MC193609 Self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products (Power BI, PowerApps, and Flow) will be available for commercial cloud customers starting 11/19.
We need the ability to block this on tenant level with immediate effect. The platform will become ungovernable in a very short period and cause massive governance issues.
We have released support for disabling self-service purchase capabilities as of November 19, 2019. You can find additional information in message center post: MC196205
Jonathon Harper commented
I'm normally fairly open to users being empowered, however this is just nuts MS. Many orgs, including mine are trying as hard as we can to keep up with all O365 is allowing users to do and this is the last thing we need. IT is responsible for controlling IT costs, especially opex costs and for you to allow users to bypass processes that were put in place for a reason is not something you should be allowing. This stinks of a pure money grab, hoping users will buy it it will just fly under the radar. This kind of tactic is not appreciated, as you can tell by all the votes here.
Greg Martin commented
This is a money grab pure and simple. Your attempting to bypass corporate controls to allow shadow it to proliferate via corporate credit cards. It's a serious deal breaker.
We asked for a treat Mr. Softy not a trick.
MS cloud success has come on building trust with enterprises. This is the opposite of that.
I can't imagine how anyone could have read the notice that went out from an enterprise IT perspective and not have realized it would be met with outrage.
Andy Doyle commented
This is a bad move.
If an organisation doesn’t license these items to users there is normally a reason. This change completely circumvents company decisions and takes management away from those responsible.
I get that some customers may have asked for this, but not all of us have. There needs to be a way to turn this ON if wanted.
I am fully not supporting this idea to give option to block this. I fully support option that tenant admins will be warned when such a thing happens. IT should support business to leverage not to block them! Let's give people citizen developer power!
Microsoft does a lot of stupid things, but this one takes the cake, and I can’t even block it? Are you serious?
Matthew Voegeli commented
Normally, I don't spend a lot of time commenting on things like this, but this is a dreadful implementation idea.
First, the idea (as presented in the self-service FAQ) that "IT departments and partners aren't expected to provide support for products bought through self-service purchase" completely ignores the reality of what many IT departments experience. Users generally expect those in IT to support whatever happens to be running on their workstation.
Second, from an organizational standpoint, the organization should have the ability to control whether and who among non-admin users can purchase software. This is not something that should be merely left up to internal documented policy.
Third, this, along with the fact that Microsoft insists upon enabling new features for users by default - thus forcing IT departments to first disable for all users then enable for a pilot group to determine whether the organization finds the product useful - seems arrogant
Microsoft needs to realize that not every organization is the same and will want to use every feature that they make available. Ultimately, it makes me want to reconsider our relationship with Microsoft.
5,000,000 votes.. This will mark the beginning of our transition out of the Microsoft ecosystem. Of all things to let users purchase. Our service desk will now have to support user created apps that won't work and become business processes without IT's knowledge. Stop the madness Microsoft, you have enough sales no need to do this. The executive who signed off on this should be terminated immediately for not understanding the needs of their best customers.
Karl Gerd Schneider commented
1111 votes in two days!!!
Veronique Palmer commented
Microsoft released this today which I don't believe solves this issue at all
This is the most ridiculous idea I have seen from Microsoft to date.
The main concern, at this point, is that there is no way to disable this option. That means anyone with a credit card could purchase licenses. As an enterprise organization we do not allow users to purchase software with a credit card and also without a purchase order approval. Admins would only be able to see the purchase, but would have no control over being able to assign the licenses as that would be under the control of the purchaser. We need Microsoft to provide the ability to turn this option on and off to allow companies to control licensing and spending. We would like it to default to off out of the box.
A horrific nightmare. What the actual, microsoft?
In every enterprise I have worked for, the IT staff is responsible for managing the software installed on its computers. This proposed change appears to make our job more difficult. I am pretty we didn't ask for this change.
...and just so you know Microsoft, we will be warning our users that this is not acceptable and will be blocking user accounts in Azure AD (for ALL of Office 365) if we catch users taking advantage of this. We will also block the URLs on our corporate network to prevent users from even accessing the Power Platform. Is this the type of publicity you want for your platform? You're becoming Apple...
We need the ability to block this on tenant level with immediate effect. there are applications that haven't been approved by our Security department yet.
Absolutely ridiculous! : Since when is Microsoft overpassing organisations internal security and administration? One single answer to this. NO!
Allan Hirt commented
Compliance, governance, legal, financial - all implications of this very bad idea. In companies where none of this exists, allowing people to purchase and use whatever they want doesn't matter. In companies where this is not only not wanted, but not possible, it has catastrophic results. For consultants trying to help customers get to that point of compliance and governance, this also could create havoc.
Natalia Palazzolo commented
needs to happen - IT needs control over apps and Purchasing needs control over spend
Carl Knecht commented
I don't have anything new to add, but can reiterate the comments that others have already made. The sentiment for Microsoft implementing is reasonable, but the implementation is lacking. The proposed action documented in MC193609 allows users to bypass existing company purchasing policies and creates many auditable incidents that increases the workload on IT staff. For highly regulated companies, this could allow non-approved applications which may result in data loss and corporate fines for mishandling of data. While the article specifically says this is being done on behalf of user feedback, the IT feedback is critically important as well. Please allow us, the administrators who have the big picture view of compliance and financial responsibilities, the ability to protect our individual companies.
Robert Peledie commented
Yes absolutely. No one has given me a valid positive reason that this will work