As software technology continues to advance, so has the way we buy it.
Historically, software was sold as a per-seat license. One person—or seat—needed one license. Five people needed five licenses… ten people needed ten licenses… and so on.
It was a simple method, but it also had significant limitations.
The Limitations of Per-Seat Licensing
With per-seat licensing, every time your maintenance team hired more people, you had to buy more CMMS software licenses.
It also wasn’t a cost-efficient way to meet the needs of users who only needed minimal access on a sporadic basis—such as accounting or human resources folks. And it added one more complication as employees left and new ones were hired.
Per-seat licensing isn’t the best method for busy maintenance teams. So, software developers like MPulse have improved the way you can license our software, just like we’ve improved the features in CMMS software.
The Advantages of Concurrent Licensing
Concurrent licensing is a newer approach with the potential to save you money. The number of concurrent licenses you need is based on the number of users accessing the software at the same time.
For example, if you have a maintenance team of 25 techs who all needed CMMS software licenses, you’d have to buy 25 licenses under the per-seat licensing plan.
But concurrent licensing offers more flexibility. Say seven of those techs worked the night shift, while the rest were on the day shift. You’d only need 18 licenses because the night shift won’t be using the system at the same time. If someone leaves and you hire someone new, you don’t need to buy new licenses because the number of users accessing the software at the same time hasn’t changed.
Concurrent licensing is popular with MPulse customers because it works better with busy and complicated maintenance operations. It offers…
- Flexibility for light or infrequent users to access the software without having to purchase more licenses
- The ability to get new users up and running with just a few keystrokes
- An easier way to retain legacy user information for historical documentation or archiving
MPulse uses concurrent licensing because it’s far more cost effective and flexible, particularly for our customers who have employees on different shifts or in different time zones.
All licensing options are not equal, so it’s important to understand what you’re really buying—and how you can save some money and a lot of time.
Contact us to learn more about how concurrent licensing can help your maintenance operations.