Do you own or plan to buy Autodesk Licenses in 2016? If the answer is yes, then this is a must read. If the answer is no, then you may skip this article!
Tip for HingePoint Clients – As of January 31st 2016, you can no longer buy Autodesk perpetual licenses!
We want to remind all of our friends and clients that soon you will not be able to purchase perpetual licenses for many Autodesk products such as Revit, AutoCAD, Inventor or Infraworks. Hope you have been planning for this because we are not joking!
Q – What Changes January 31st?
A – Subscription Licenses! Going forward, you will “rent”, or lease, your software as a service (Saas) and you pay in 3-month, 1-year, 2-year or 3-year terms. This change brings many of the solutions inline like Autodesk cloud software Autodesk360, BIM360 Glue or Field.
Q – What Will The Change Cost Me?
A – Subscriptions will cost more than perpetual licenses if you keep the subscription for over 4 years (approximately, double… check the cost analysis with your Autodesk reseller).
What Should I Do?
- Plan Ahead – Evaluate whether you will need additional Autodesk licenses in 2016 or 2017.
- Renew Maintenance and Upgrade – Renew your maintenance for perpetual licenses if you want upgrades (highly recommended or your versions will be stuck “in time”!)
- Pool Your Licenses – Convert perpetual desktop licenses to Network licenses before January 31st so you can share licenses with users and stretch your investment.
- Convert to Suites – You can save $ by purchasing the Autodesk Suites. So if you are big AutoCAD users, and think you might get into 3D Revit soon, get the Design Suite that bundles AutoCAD, Revit, 3DSMax, and Navisworks. For example, a new perpetual – Premium Design Suite license with maintenance for 6 years is under $13,000. Renting the same software would be over $16,000 for the same 6 year period (Source: ImaginIT Training Webcast).
- Do Your Cost Analysis – Don’t take our word for it. Check what you are paying now; the date and version of your Autodesk software; and assess the impact of the new pricing on your business.
If you have further questions, contact HingePoint. We are experts at Autodesk systems, offer objective advice; and can help you plan Autodesk system implementations and upgrades.