CAD Manager's Newsletter (#441)10 Mar, 2020 By: Robert Green
Autodesk Begins Move to Named-User Licensing
Transitioning from perpetual or floating network licenses to named-user licenses will have a substantial financial impact for your firm, so start analyzing your specific needs immediately.
Autodesk has announced that by May 2021, it will stop offering network licensing and maintenance, and there has been a lot of reader interest in the topic. Because so many CAD managers are responsible for supporting Autodesk products, when the company makes a big change to its licensing policies, it is big news for our profession.
In this edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I'll shed some light on what's happening and try to make some sense of the uncertain terrain many CAD managers will find themselves in as they attempt to explain the situation to their management teams. Here goes.
Let's start with the announcement itself, which came in the form of a video released on February 24, 2020: Autodesk announced that the company "is moving completely to plans that are based on people, to provide you with an improved experience."
In plain language, this means that Autodesk is transitioning to a named-user licensing scheme, where each individual user must maintain an account (like individual Autodesk subscriptions work now) rather than using a network license or perpetual serial number. This change means that those companies which still have maintenance plans on perpetual licenses will no longer be supported (after the next renewal date or May 2021 at latest), and that those using network licensing (FlexLM) will no longer be supported either.
The news about the end of network licensing is given additional significance by the 33% price increase on multi-user subscription licenses that went into effect on February 7, 2020. The video states that network licensing users will be offered a two-for-one exchange (two named user subscriptions for each network user) at a "similar price" to what they pay now. We'll explore the potential costs in the "Cost Computation" section below.
The Fine Print
If you're like me, you have questions after viewing that video. It turns out a bunch of other people did as well, and Autodesk very rapidly created a FAQ entry in the Autodesk Knowledge Network to address the issue.
I'll let you read the full FAQ on your own time, but the following sections touch on some highlights that should be of particular interest to CAD managers who are determining how the changes will impact them. Read more »
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