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As businesses embrace cloud subscriptions, you may be considering or already using Adobe’s Value Incentive Plan (VIP). But how do you know if Adobe’s subscription program is the right fit? Or, if you already have VIP, how do you get the most value from it?
Continue reading to find out…
Adobe VIP is a software subscription plan. It gives you flexible, on-demand access to Creative Cloud for teams, Creative Cloud for enterprise and Adobe DC (also known as Document Cloud). With it, you can buy new licenses as needed, as opposed to paying on an annual, consolidated basis. Depending on how many licenses you purchase, VIP also gives you discounts. The cloud subscription is available in one-, two- and three-year terms.
Adobe VIP offers benefits to businesses of all sizes, across departments, including end users, IT and procurement teams:
VIP members get discounts when they qualify for VIP Select, by purchasing 10 licenses or more during a subscription term. More discount tiers can be unlocked by purchasing 50 licenses, 100 licenses or more. (See fig. 1). Note: Adobe does not make public the details of these discounts. Talk to a Softchoice licensing expert for information.
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Adobe’s VIP program is similar to its other subscription model, the Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA). But there are a few key differences. VIP offers “transactional purchasing,” letting you buy new licenses as needed. With ETLA, your costs are “consolidated,” and you must true-up during a fixed annual ordering date. ETLA terms are also always three-years long. VIP allows for shorter one- or two-year commitments, as well as three. Also, ETLA does not provide access to the “teams” version of Creative Cloud, only the enterprise flavour. If you do not need all the enterprise features (such as single sign-on), VIP is the way to go.
As a rule of thumb, VIP is preferable for dynamic organizations with less fixed needs. But it is always best to speak to a licensing expert, such as Softchoice, to understand which program is best suited for your organization.
Every licensing decision hinges on your ability to understand your current state, and to use those insights to plan ahead.
Before buying VIP, you should assess your existing Adobe environment, consumption and costs.
Next, you need to build the business case for moving to subscription. For many organizations, this might come down to simply having access to Adobe’s next generation of products. For example, industries with heavy demand for secure document management will see the most value in Acrobat DC. Other businesses with high creative needs will ultimately need to move onto the Creative Cloud, as older versions go obsolete.
When you work with Softchoice, we help you simplify license management. This starts with providing a singular and consistent view across all public cloud and on-premise licensing. Through proactive technology reviews, you will stay ahead of the innovation curve. You will understand how changes to programs and technology affect your licensing and find the most effective way forward. We help you take advantage of new, flexible options and build a plan to support your digital transformation journey. With our expertise, you reduce licensing costs and audit risks, while increasing value.
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