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Efficient ways of working – Floating Licences

By , February 12, 2014 10:09 pm

Floating licences allow you to install and use the same licence on multiple machines when you have a number of users all using the software simultaneously. When you have users who may only require the software for a short time each day, floating licences operate within ‘a pool’ – once the user has finished using the software tool the license returns to the pool to be re-assigned as required.

This is a much more economical route to go than buying individual licences and possibly has greatest value to those working in large software development teams working on a wide variety of tasks requiring hugely diverse tools. Imagine that your tools are effectively sitting in a shared toolbox, to be passed around the office and returned to the toolbox for general use when you are finished with whichever one you are using.

In general, larger companies or academic bodies find that floating licences are ideal when the number of users exceeds the number of licenses available. If you think about it, if a software development team is partly made up of contractors who ebb and flow depending on workload or the need for a particular skillset – then it’s an ideal set up. As work comes in and the developer pool grows, there may not be enough licences to go around. Equally not everyone may need the same tools at the same time – hence it provides the ultimate flexibility.

For example, in a team of 20 developers, you may only have and need, 5 floating licences. This means that 5 of your developers can simultaneously use the software. With a simple click of a button, your developer can relinquish the license ready for another colleague to take it up. For them to do this is again either a matter of a simple click of a button in an already running tool or just by the act of starting up the required software tool.The maths is simple and the benefit clear – your team of 20 have the right level of software tools at their disposal without the need to outlay for 20 licenses.

Why software maintenance is a great insurance

By , February 12, 2014 10:06 pm

Protecting yourself against the unexpected has received a mixed press of late. Nobody likes to feel they are paying over the odds for something that offers them no value with the chances of anything actually going wrong being very remote. It can be a tough call to decide whether protecting yourself is a nice to have or a necessity.

The software tools that we build are resilient and continuously updated based on feedback from both customers and evaluators. So there is a strong sense of certainty that whether you are working on code coverage, memory profiling, deadlock detection or performance profiling, our tools will provide the results you need. It is reassuring however, that should there be a problem; you’ll have the peace of mind to know that you have the support you need. Then you can get back to writing your code without further worry.

Software maintenance entitles you to all software updates released during the maintenance period. These software updates include bug fixes, new features, support for new operating systems and new versions of Visual Studio and any additional compilers that we decide to add support for.

Our software tools are also capable of self-updating. So the software will check for the availability of a new update and prompt you to ask if you are interested. If you are, all you need to do is simply login to our server, download and install the software and new license keys and then restart the software.

Software maintenance renewal pricing is realistic and is available at 25% of the cost of the currently listed price of the software. Should you forget to renew your maintenance agreement and it lapses before you realise it, you can upgrade to the current version of the software at 50% of the currently listed price of the software. This still represents excellent value for money but obviously you make the best savings by simply renewing the maintenance. It is very easy to manage your maintenance renewal from within your account.

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