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BENEFITS OF LICENSE MANAGEMENT AND VOLUME LICENSES – INCLUDING FOR PRE-OWNED SOFTWARE
In 2012, the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt) ruled that the European Court of Justice’s judgment regarding the permissibility of trading in pre-owned software was also applicable to volume licenses. Thanks to this ruling, there is now legal certainty around the purchase of pre-owned volume licenses. As such, it no longer entails any risks for companies and public bodies.
Volume licenses simplify the software purchasing process, as you receive only one data carrier, one download link, one activation key and one user agreement for multiple licenses. This is true for both new software and pre-owned licenses.
Managing your software licenses becomes more efficient, especially if you need to install software on a large number of workstations. Unlike in the case of single-user licenses, you don’t have to manage each license individually. Upgrades are also made easier with volume licenses. Moreover, by pooling multiple licenses into one order, you will benefit from special bulk prices, saving you time and money.
VOLUME LICENSES CAN SAVE YOU MONEY, TIME AND ENERGY
For smaller companies, volume licenses are an attractive solution. For larger companies with multiple sites and workstations, volume licenses are essential in ensuring efficient license management. One of the many tasks that is made easier is the management of installation keys, as managing 20, 50 or 100 license keys individually is a lot of work.
Volume licenses differ from single-user licenses in a number of ways, for example in that they allow software to be used by multiple users or at multiple workstations with only one installation key. They offer numerous advantages to companies with complex IT structures, especially when it comes to software license management.
Microsoft, for example, describes volume licensing as the purchase of a bundle of more than five software licenses rolled into one. Consequently, this product is primarily aimed at public bodies and companies wishing to install certain Microsoft programs on a large number of computers. There is a range of widely varying license programs available for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as for mid-size and larger companies. Whereas single-user licenses can also be purchased online via the Microsoft Store or in retail outlets, volume license agreements can only be concluded with a Microsoft sales partner.