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Established wisdom suggests that technology doubles in terms of performance capability every year or so; experience corroborates a sense of this, especially if one recalls such media breakthroughs as floppy disks or 8-track cassettes that are now part of ancient history. Software licensing has also undergone dramatic change since its earliest inception, and PQ Systems has offered licensing options that have kept up with industry shifts. Concurrent-user licenses represent the company’s efforts to meet the needs of customers who use any of PQ’s major software applications.

Before 2009, customers licensed PQ Systems’ software on a per-computer basis. Every computer terminal being used to run the software required its own unique license. As the software industry has shifted towards enterprise and network licensing options, and customers have required more flexible “roaming” licenses, PQ has developed concurrent-user licensing.

A concurrent-user license allows an organization to install a software program on multiple computers on the same network, giving the freedom to put these applications into the hands of several designated employees without incurring the costs of individual licenses (or the time investment required to keep track of multiple licenses).

Concurrent licensing is limited only by the license agreement: for example, if a sixth person attempts to log in to a five-user license, a message will announce that the server is full, and the organization’s IT administrator will be notified. If, on the other hand, only three users are engaged with the program at a given time, two other users are free to access the program from their own computer stations.

With any new approach to technology, of course, users should analyze the needs of their own organizations before leaping to what may seem to represent an advantage just because it’s new. Many organizations prefer individual licenses, particularly when only a handful of terminals have near-constant use by the same individuals. Other employees may not require access to the program, so the single-user license serves the organization well.

If, on the other hand, there is a need for even brief access from several different terminals, a concurrent license will meet the need for a fraction of what it would cost to license all of these terminals individually. PQ Systems will continue to offer per-computer licenses, but the demand for concurrent licensing has been steadily growing since its launch. Selecting the appropriate license is critical to saving time and money for any organization.

As with every technology decision, the most important part of that decision lies in determining the needs that will be met by new approaches. Understanding who uses a program and how frequently it will be accessed is key to knowing which license agreement will work best for an organization.

And while you’re thinking about it, set your coffee cup down on one of those old floppy disks—they make fine coasters. 

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