Autodesk Perpetual Licensing – The End is Near!

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Government Autodesk perpetual license users, the end is near!

Well, that sounds rather ominous doesn’t it? The truth is, it’s only partially correct. What I’m really referring to is the end the end of the sale of perpetual licensing for government entities. Effective January 31, 2017, Autodesk will no longer sell perpetual licenses for most of its products, including AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit, and more. (View the full list of products affected here.)

What about Existing Perpetual Licenses & Maintenance Plans?

This change only applies to the purchase of new perpetual government licenses. Your maintenance plan will remain the same and you have the option to renew it for the affected products for as long as you want. However, if the maintenance plan for your perpetual product is not renewed on time, you will then have to subscribe to the product if you would like to get the latest features and benefits.

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Future Purchase Options

After January 31st if you wish to purchase one of these products they will only be available on a subscription model (single user or multi-user). Subscription offers a lower entry price, more choice of tools, and the ability to pay-as-you-go. Rather than being tied to a specific version of software you can enjoy software updates and the flexibility to access it using cloud services and on multiple devices. (Learn more about AEC Industry Collections and FAQ’s here)

A Few Strategies to Consider Prior to January 31st

This is a great time to assess where you’re at as well as where you’re headed. Set yourself up for success!

  • Purchase perpetual licenses before January 31, 2017. Review your growth plans for the next 12-24 months and the add perpetual licenses to support this growth.
  • Optimize your portfolio. Review your current product mix to ensure you have access to the right tools. Consider networking your licenses or possibly upgrading your hero products to suites.
  • Multi-year Subscription renewals. Renew your current maintenance subscription contracts for three years and lock in today’s prices!
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More Questions?

Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you understand these changes along with any other product questions you may have. Just remember, January 31, 2017 is the deadline for purchasing government perpetual licenses!

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