We're excited to let you know that 10Duke Entitlements can be used to support the licensing of your applications to end customers on a project basis, rather than licensing them per device, per company or per end user. Designed to suit modern, dynamic and collaborative working methods, project-based licensing enables a main license to be purchased by a customer from the licensor and then entitlements to access the licensed application can in turn be granted by the licensee on to project team members, even if the project exists for only a short period of time and each project team is made up of individuals from several different companies.
The following fictitious example helps describe how it works
- There is a project "Building the new London pedestrian bridge" onto which there are four different companies working, A, B, C and D.
- Each company has one employee assigned to the project plus there are two contractors hired by the City of London, which is commissioning the bridge.
- The product each person is accessing/using is a BIM application ("SuperBIM") to help design the bridge.
- The City of London, as the licensee, takes out an aggregate use time license (or other type of license) to "SuperBIM" from the company that created it, "SuperBIM Ltd", the licensor.
- Each person is associated with the project (rather than or as well as the company they come from) is given a license to SuperBIM. The license is assigned online based on the recipient's email address by an administrator from the City of London who bought the license. This process is done online via an online admin panel.
- Once the purchased license has expired, no licensed user can access the SuperBIM until the license has been renewed.
Project-based licensing provides several key advantages to both application vendors and licensees:
- There is a single purchase and administration point: in the scenario above, only the City of London has to license the application from SuperBIM Ltd. and not each individual person or company involved in the project.
- Flexibility: access to SuperBIM is provided to all members of the project who need it but on flexible terms that reflect the temporary and multi-party reality of the project itself. There is a close fit between the licensee's need and the licensor's provision rather than excess licenses being purchased and remaining under-utilised.
- Productivity - the ease of administration and assignment means that a multi-party project team can be given access to the SuperBIM application quickly and easily so they can get working - no time is wasted in waiting for licensee keys to be assigned, delivered or activated.