I am assisting another firm with their licensing setup. They are telling me that the licensing increment of 1 hour is being revised to 10 minutes.Can I get a definitive statement on this from Bentley.
Is the one hour increment still in effect or has the policy been changed?
Wow, I just heard of the changes Bentley made. This is good news.
Many of us thought the pooled licenses under the select program would act as concurrent licenses. They were not. Now they almost are. Common sense can be used now to forecast the license usage :) The new "10 minute intervals" help a lot, and there's more behind it.
Before: The usage was binned into calender hours
A User on PC A opens a session 10:02 and ends 10:08
A User on PC B 10:18 - 10:42
A User on PC C 10:35 - 10:40
A User on PC D 10:52 - 11:10
Common sense would make you believe that the peak usage was 2 licenses: PC B and C between 10:35 -10:40 overlapped with usage. But Bentley counted different. 4 different PC's within the same calender hour "10:00 - 11:00" =4 license usages! This was really hard to explain to user groups.
From now on: The usage is now binned into 10 minute slices: Minute 1-10, 11-20, and so on. Only usages filling such a bin completley will start the count! What happens to the usage:
A User on PC A opens a session 10:02 and ends 10:08 - does not count, because less than 10 minutes use. no license usage.
A User on PC B 10:18 - 10:42 - counts as usage in slices 10:21-10:30, 10:31-10:40. the first 2 minutes are ignored
A User on PC C 10:35 - 10:40 - does not count, because less than 10 minutes.
A User on PC D 10:52 - 11:10 - counts as usage in slice 11:01-11:10. the other minutes are ignored
Result: one license used!!
More surprising: Changed after DanielB corrected another time:
PC E: Usage from 7:15 - 08:10 , fills 5 slices between 7:21-08:10
PC F: Usage from 7:22 - 7:39, fills no slice completely - no usage counted more than 10 minutes usage, will be counted in the 7:30 - 7:40 slice
Result: one license used!! Two licenses used
This is a dramatic change. Bravo! Even if users don't get the idea - what Bentley counts is less than common sense would tell. (note: AFAIK ELS subscription does not change the mechanism - usage blocks a license until midnight)
Added after input Daniel B.:
PC G: Usage from 7:22 - 7:41, fills 2 slices 7:31-7:40 and 7:41-7:50
2 licenses used
Still fair comparing it to "real concurrent count"