On August 24 we hosted a webcast on the new Autodesk Industry Collections. In this webcast IMAGINiT experts outlines the new Autodesk Industry Collections and then answered questions around these new collections.
Here are some of the most asked questions from the webcast.
Q: Will we be required to switch our existing suites to collections?
A: You will have the option to switch if you like, but you will not be required to.
Q: If we have the occasional need for Inventor, can we subscribe on a per week or per month basis along with the architecture Design Suite?
A: You can subscribe to programs monthly, quarterly, or on a 1, 2 or 3 year term. Weekly is not available as a subscription option.
Q: I have 50 subscribed suites, will I will have to switch to an industry collection before my subscription expires in Nov 2017?
A: No, you can keep what you have on an active maintenance plan to receive updates.
Q: Is it still current version plus 3 versions back for the previous use allowance?
A: Yes, there are no changes to the previous use program.
Q: What do I need to do if my industry spans multiple collections?
A: You may need to purchase a combination of industry collections and/or individual products in order to get the combination of software products for your needs.
Q: Can I pick and choose what I would want in my collections?
A: The collections are set programs, you can choose to install the software that fits your needs. Or you may subscribe to the individual products you need.
Q: If we have several licenses spread across several contracts, can we consolidate those licenses under one contract when we switch to an industry collection?
A: That depends on the renewal dates, please work with an IMAGINiT representative to review your options.
Q: If you switch from a perpetual maintenance suite to a collection and then drop the subscription later, will you still be able to use the software perpetually as you would with the previous maintenance plan?
A: Perpetual licenses are not able to move to industry collections.
Q: We have some seats of perpetual licenses on maintenance, what happens to these?
A: You can keep them maintained as long as you want to keep getting updates.
Q: Will there be a "Deployment" method for mass user installation where we can dictate different applications for different design groups?
A: Yes, please speak with an IMAGINiT representative for more information on mass installations.
Q: Will the network license manager application change or will it remain the same FlexLM application with expanded license files for collections.
A: At this point, it is the same as FlexLM.
Q: Do you need to reinstall from suites to collections or can you just simply change the SN and product key? For Multi-users.
A: For 2017, you can simply change the licensing in the program now.
Q: Is a multi-user collection licensing controlled by the web only or can the collection licenses be added to an existing flexLM license manager?
A: It can be controlled by a local FlexLM license manager.
Q: Does a multiuser license work across a Wide Area Network?
Q: What application (or web service) will be used to track product usage (by username) since we currently do not have this capability with FlexLM.
A: There is not one, it is named user and assigned in the accounts website.
Q: What happens with a non-connected use, would we have to 'check out' a license before disconnecting from the server?
A: Yes, you borrow a license for a set time you will be out.
Q: What are the implications of using a WAN for international offices? Can this be done without any additional fees?
A: No, you will need to get the ETR or GETR license type.
Q: In a multi user environment where are the licenses held?
A: The licenses are held on your server, it was previously called network licenses.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of users on the multi-user license?
A: At any time, the number of purchased licenses count will be able to use the software.
Q: Is the complimentary 25GB of cloud storage available for each user?
A: Yes, each user is given 25GB of cloud based storage.
Q: Are there more than 3 users that can be assigned to cloud credits with a single license?
A: That is only available for multi-user license, the single user license is just 1 to 1.
Q: Can you track who used the cloud credits?
A: From the shared cloud credits, yes.
Q: If the cloud credits are assigned per individual, what happens if that person leaves the company? Do the credits go with them?
A: Yes, as the cloud credits are assigned to an individual not the company.
Q: Is there any change to how do the updates happen now?
A: There is a desktop app that will notify you or your users of any updates required.