Why is Software Asset Management (SAM) Important?

Software Asset Management (SAM) is important to any business that licenses software. SAM helps you to:

Reduce Risks

SAM best practices help you manage license compliance throughout your organisation. When you effectively track and document your software licenses, you lower the risk of non-compliance. You also create a better working environment for your employees and partners.

Improve Productivity

Access to user manuals, reference materials, and product support makes employees more productive. When you institute SAM best practices, you manage these resources effectively.

Instil Confidence

SAM helps you stay compliant, which puts your business partners at ease. If you’re contracting or subcontracting on a project, your partner will expect you to follow the law. Stay informed and get the latest news on your software products from CADPRO Systems and Autodesk when you’re a licensed registered user.

Get Support

SAM ensures that you use only licensed software, which entitles you to support. Most companies do not offer technical support for unregistered software.

Stay Safe

An effective SAM program will reduce the downloading or purchasing of software from unauthorised sites that can infect computers with viruses.

Meet Your Obligations

SAM helps you know and comply with the terms of your end-user license agreements and to meet your legal obligations.

Save Money

SAM can reduce costs in several ways, helping you to:

  • Eliminate or reallocate underused software licenses
  • Limit overhead associated with managing and supporting software
  • Reduce the potential for unexpected software costs
  • Avoid paying damages for non-compliance

Autodesk License Compliance

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Autodesk Virtualisation Policy Update

On 9th November, Autodesk introduces a virtualisation right for certain offering types, and updating the documentation to clarify what is permitted, recommended, and supported when running Autodesk software in virtualised environments.

Here’s a summary of what’s changing: 

  • Customers using products as individual users (i.e. subscriptions with single-user access, Enterprise Business Agreements) are permitted to virtualise, based on new terms and conditions contained in Autodesk Terms of Use or other applicable terms governing access and use of products
  • If authorised under these new terms, customers should follow documented System Requirements (available on the Autodesk Knowledge Network) to see if a virtual set up is recommended for their product
  • If a customer follows the recommended system requirements and has a technical issue with Autodesk software in their virtual environment, Autodesk will ask you to replicate it in a physical environment in order to help if it cannot be replicated, the customers’ virtualisation provider is best equipped to solve the issue

How this change affects you?

Customers with a:

  • Subscription with single-user access
    Permitted to virtualise subscription software, under the recommended System Requirements.
    Example: AutoCAD is assigned to me by my administrator, and I can use it on my virtual desktop, no matter which physical device I’m using to access my virtual desktop.

 

  • Subscription with multi-user access
    Not permitted to virtualise subscription software. These customers are allowed to host or virtualise their Network/Multi-User License Servers off-premises – learn more.
    Example: AutoCAD is shared between me and other users, and I can only use it on the physical device I have it checked out on. The server I’m checking out from can be virtualised locally or with a 3rd party cloud provider.

 

  • A maintenance plan
    Not permitted to virtualise. Switch to subscription with single-user access to virtualise subscription software. For customers with network/multi-user licenses on maintenance, they are allowed to host or virtualise their Network/Multi-User License Servers off-premises – learn more.
    Example: AutoCAD is installed as a perpetual license on my physical device, and cannot be run on different virtual desktop. For network licenses, the server I’m checking out from can be virtualised locally or with a 3rd party cloud provider.

 

  • Token Flex Enterprise Business Agreements
    Permitted to virtualise Autodesk software, under the recommended System Requirements.
    Example: AutoCAD is burning tokens when I use it each day, and my administrator can see my token usage across any device I’m working on, physical or virtual.

POLICY UPDATE

Hosting Network/Multi-User License Servers or server-side components off-premises 

Autodesk updated the applicable terms and conditions on virtualisation of server components. The update will give customers with either a Network/Multi-User License Server component or other server-based component for their product, the option to host these components off-premises with a 3rd party cloud provider.

Customers who choose this option will need to:

  1. Ensure the hosted software is properly secured by their 3rd party cloud provider
  2. Have the ability to control access to and use of the remotely hosted software

How this change affects you?*

Customers with a:

  • Subscription with multi-user access
    Permitted to run their Network License Server component on or off premises by a secure 3rd party cloud provider.
    Example: I have standardised my IT infrastructure on Microsoft Azure and my Network License Server is hosted by Azure.

 

  • A maintenance plan for a license type offered on a networked basis
    Permitted to run their Network License Server component on or off-premises by a secure 3rd party cloud provider.
    Example: I have standardised my IT infrastructure on Microsoft Azure and my Network License Server is hosted by Azure.

 

  • Other products that include a server component
    Permitted to have their product’s server-side component hosted by a secure 3rd party cloud provider.
    Example: I have standardised my IT infrastructure on Amazon Web Services and I’m hosting the server component part of my Vault configuration with AWS.
*Products that include a Network License Server (NLS/Multi-User) component are generally those covered by either a subscription with multi-user access or, in the case of products covered by a perpetual license, a License Type offered on a Networked Basis. Products that do not include an NLS/Multi-User component, but which include a similar product-specific server component, will generally identify such server component in product documentation. Autodesk will also publish and maintain a list of products containing such product-specific server components on the Autodesk Knowledge Network.