Can we NOT opt to neither Select Open nor Select Basic?

Early this year, we were asked to chose between Select Open and Select Basic Licensing.  A few weeks ago, we had been billed on some over usage on some software.  For our better control on the usage, we prefer NOT to opt neither of the above licensing scheme but to keep our OLD Select Licensing.  Where it is impossible for any over usage and no Quarterly Bill.

Pls advise and confirm, can we revert back to OLD Select Licensing?

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  • I would like to clarify that the choice between Open vs. Basic Access is not a change in licensing schema. The ability to use more software than owned quantities has been part of the licensing schema since 2006 when we implemented key based licensing and moved to a more flexible model, thus allowing for offline and disconnected use of our software. The Basic Access program is only a rebrand of the same SELECT licensing you have had since 2006.

    Since 2006, if you utilized additional software licenses, you would have been asked to purchase additional perpetual licenses. We realize that perpetual licenses can be expensive and require a large monetary committment from our users. This committment is not always feasible for an account- especially in cases of incremental project-based use. As such, we created the Quarterly Term License.

    The Quarterly Term License allows you to utilize additional licenses than what you own without fronting the costs of a perpetual license.

    Each account will need to look at their usage, determine whether or not their portfolio is in line with their usage, and decide whether or not to buy perpetual licenses, utilize QTLs, surrender licenses,  or portfolio balance licenses. Every account will be different and many accounts will take advantage of all of the options I just listed.

    Really, the choice between Open and Basic comes down to a difference in Quarterly Term License invoice rate as well as a difference in which products you have access to. If your account chooses to take advantage of a QTL in order to reflect usage demands, Open Access will give you a lower invoice rate- 14% rather than 16% for Basic. Open Access also grants access to additional Bentley products outside of what you own, while Basic does not.

    Answer Verified By: Phil Chouinard 

  • Elisabeth

    why has the ability to deny access beyond the owned licenses been removed from the SELECTserver system?

    The system right now is very flawed and results in us end users feeling extorted because there is no real time monitoring of calendar hour use and no way to prevent usage above the purchased perpetual licenses. We chose the number of perpetual licenses for a reason we do not want to use more seats than we have already paid for the SELECTserver that was running less than 6 months ago had no problem restricting use to only the paid for licenses please put this feature back into the SELECTserver system.

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  • Elisabeth

    why has the ability to deny access beyond the owned licenses been removed from the SELECTserver system?

    The system right now is very flawed and results in us end users feeling extorted because there is no real time monitoring of calendar hour use and no way to prevent usage above the purchased perpetual licenses. We chose the number of perpetual licenses for a reason we do not want to use more seats than we have already paid for the SELECTserver that was running less than 6 months ago had no problem restricting use to only the paid for licenses please put this feature back into the SELECTserver system.

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