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AutoCAD 2013: What IT & Procurement Needs to Know (Part 2) [AutoDesk]

Client Computing | Posted on May 8, 2012

In my first post, I focused on the impact of the new cloud-enabled features in Autodesk 2013. In this second post, I’m going to take a closer look at their subscription offering, and why (if you’re not already) you need to consider it.

Why Subscriptions make sense for Enterprise Software

Subscription makes sense if you upgrade frequently, want to better leverage online support or need more flexibility with rights – like the ability to use previous and current versions, install the software on home and work machines or use the license at multiple locations. Beyond that – and the reason I believe it’s more compelling now – are two big factors.

The first is the cloud. In particular, if you’re going to take advantage of the cloud services I highlighted in part one, you’re going to want to take a closer look at Autodesk subscription as additional services and storage are available exclusively to subscription customers.

For example, the cloud computing service available for rendering, optimization, energy analysis, structural analysis and Green Building Studio are only available to subscription customers. These services offload complex computation from the workstation to reduce time and costs associated with these tasks.

If the first two reasons aren’t compelling enough, I suspect cost-savings will be. You may want to consider adding subscription because of a communicated price increase at the end of the year. Although details of the price increase aren’t available yet, it’s understood that they will be significant.

Moving to a subscription can provide some protection from future price increases. You’ll also want to pay attention to the bundled suites if you’re looking at more than just AutoCAD. AutoCAD Design Suite Standard has a MSRP of $4,295 vs a MSRP value (for all the products individually) of $6,230. The Premium Suite bumps savings up to even more – $4,995 MSRP vs a $9,725 value. Check out a full comparison of all the Suites.

If you’re looking at upgrading, extending your deployment or adding new capabilities – Softchoice has the expertise and services to help.

Contact your account manager or ask your question in the comment section below, and our Autodesk team will respond to you as quickly as they can.

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