The SoftwareKey System provides several license management solutions and is comprised of:
Historically, Protection PLUS and SOLO Server Automation have been separate products/services with completely separate pricing. Customers who purchased before Spring 2017 would start with a standalone license of Protection PLUS to embed in their software application. The one-time fee for a standalone license included 1 year of software maintenance with the option to renew. Most of these customers added a SOLO Server Automation account to automate the license activation and management. This service has ongoing monthly fees based upon usage, with pricing starting at $10/month.
To make our products and services easier to understand, our product line has recently evolved and nearly all new customers go with our new Protection + Automation bundle. This eliminates confusion about the products being separate and makes it easier for new customers to get started with the most popular configuration of the SoftwareKey System. With this bundle, Protection PLUS is licensed under a subscription (as opposed to a standalone license) and the bundled product/service has ongoing monthly fees based upon usage, with pricing starting at $30/month.
Customer service and support is an integral part of the SoftwareKey System. In our mind, customer support after the sale is what differentiates a remarkable customer experience from a ho-hum or even downright unacceptable one. In today's world of ever-changing technologies and standards, it is important to keep a brisk pace and leverage the newest technology while maintaining maximum security. Your customers rely on the licensing running inside of your software application. We want to make sure we can help you when you have any issues - both with the Protection and the Automation side of the system.
We have diligently researched industry standards and pricing models in an effort to continue to provide fair pricing which will allow us to continue to provide unparalleled customer service and support. Effective July 1, 2017, the new SOLO Server Automation Terms of Service require that all customers have active software maintenance for any standalone Protection PLUS licenses. These new terms of service were first announced in April 2017.
Protection PLUS software maintenance is required for all customers going forward for several reasons:
A software maintenance plan provides you with all recently added features as well as upcoming enhancements, bug fixes, support for future operating system releases, and access to our expert technical staff via electronic support options. We work hard to ensure the maintenance and support maximizes the return on your investment in the SoftwareKey System keeping you productive.
There has never been a better time to renew your maintenance! You'll gain immediate access to:
We have three options for keeping you current on your Protection PLUS software maintenance:
Please contact us if you wish to explore your pricing for the combined maintenance or combined subscription plans.
If your software is using SOLO Server for license management, your application has the Protection PLUS licensing client running in it. There are very few exceptions to this rule.
We hope you'll agree that we have been here whenever you need us and we want to continue doing so for many years to come.
Similar to how insurance works, you have to have coverage in order to have the benefit. If you end up needing Protection PLUS support without maintenance, the maintenance reinstatement fees or hourly charge to support your product will likely be lot higher than maintaining the active maintenance coverage now. Maintenance reinstatement may not even be an option for customers with maintenance that expired years ago.
We really don't like forcing customers to pay maintenance reinstatement or hourly support fees, especially in their time of need. We hope you'll agree the peace of mind knowing you have support when you need it is worth the small investment.
Mike Wozniak is one of the co-founders of SoftwareKey.com and responsible for marketing, content and product strategy. When he isn't plotting new ways to help customers solve licensing and business automation challenges, he likes to travel and entertain guests who come to visit the Orlando area. He also writes most of the licensing tips here.
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