Rental-Boxshot-250As pioneers of the Autodesk software rental model over a decade ago it’s exciting to see that the rental model has once again risen, almost phoenix like after a short sabbatical in the market place.

This has got to be seen as great news across many industry sector that were once able to rent Autodesk software as and when required to minimise project costs, and to meet what was often seasonal or project based demand.

So what is the advantage of Autodesk software rental (now re-branded to Autodesk Desktop Subscription) and is it the way forward for general software ownership (or to be more precise licensed software usage).

The answer in reality twofold and very much depends on a business’s short and long term needs’.

If a business already has traditionally licensed Autodesk software (what will be referred to as perpetual licensing going forward) then unless Autodesk make further changes to this licensing model, perpetual licensing with subscription will remain the most cost effective method of accessing Autodesk technology without question.

However many businesses have changing licensing requirements throughout the year depending on project workload for example, and this is where Autodesk Desktop Subscription literally fills a whole in what will probably become a new hybrid licensing model for many companies.

As we all know it’s an expensive business holding extra licenses to meet often unpredictable peak and trough requirements, and changes in Autodesk “upgrade” prices over the years have been considered punitive by many. So holding a “stock” of licenses that can be upgraded when needed is no longer as financially viable as it has been in the past.

The continuing pressure on reducing project overheads also means that simply buying “disposable software” against the project is fast becoming an archaic practice too. Admittedly in the bigger overall picture, compared to increased staffing (contractor or temp) and overall project budgets, the cost of software can be considered trivial.
But that said in these times of tight tendering and invariably smaller profit margins, reductions in project costs will undoubtedly have a significant impact on bottom line net profitability, so any savings that can be made simply cannot be ignored.
Autodesk Desktop Subscription however allows the emergence of what will in all probability become the Autodesk hybrid licensing model for many companies. This is where a combination of perpetual licensing and Autodesk rental licensing come together to allow a “load balancing” of license requirements.

Companies are once again able to maintain a core of licenses for permanent staff and will also be able to call down and deploy additional licenses as staffing or contractor employment increases occur. As requirements decrease, the company will then be able to reduce their Desktop Subscription licenses so they only end up paying for licenses as required, and not have to maintain software licensing in the interim periods.

For more information on Autodesk Desktop Subscription visit our dedicated website at CADHireUK or give us a call to discuss the Autodesk hybrid licensing model and how it could help your business with one of our consultants.