Autodesk® is one of the most popular and widely used engineering, design, and simulation software in the world. They offer a variety of products used in visualization and production depending on the customers’ needs.
Here are three ways on how Autodesk software licenses can be optimized:
Autodesk has two subscription-type licensing: single-user access (stand-alone) licenses and network licenses. Single-user access licenses are assigned to individual users and sign-in accounts can be applied on up to three devices. On the other hand, network licenses allow several users on the same network to share access to product licenses. The Network Licenses Manager (NLM), installed in a server, controls the distribution of licenses to users.
Knowing the needed license subscription to easily manage the products is a must to optimize these licenses. Generally, single-user access licenses are given to power users (users who frequently use the product), while network licenses are shared by casual or occasional users. Therefore, it is important to find out which users are power users and which ones are not. It also important to keep in mind the actual maximum number of concurrent users to avoid both excess licenses and usage denials. An advanced usage metering and analysis tool can help in discovering the actual number of licenses needed for every type of licensing model and simulating the combination of licensing methods that would best fit the organization’s needs.
It may, however, be necessary, to deploy a more comprehensive license harvesting tool that allows the automatic harvesting of licenses based on customizable activity thresholds for keyboard, mouse, CPU, and I/O. Actions to be taken in case of detected inactivity may also be set per application and customized per user or user-group.
Through the evolving software landscape and technology trends influenced by industry demands, software vendors continue to introduce new ways of selling, packaging, and distributing their product offerings. These changes, however, tend to further complicate the management of engineering software licenses.
Open iT simplifies the complexities of managing engineering software, such as Autodesk through its Open iT® Analyzer for Autodesk® Licensing™, and provides various ways of optimizing license usage through advanced usage metering and analysis.