Autodesk Subscription

Important updates on Maintenance Plans

As we have been communicating to our clients for 2 years, Autodesk is moving to a Subscription Model.  As announced on March 2, 2017, they will continue to offer maintenance to their perpetual license holders, but starting in June there will be significant incentives to move from maintenance to subscription.

Starting in June, Autodesk will offer Maintenance customers the opportunity to move to subscription for the same yearly price (about 60% savings over the full subscription price).  After that, maintenance pricing will rise on a yearly basis while your subscription will be locked in for 3 years, after which you will still be offered substantial discounts over maintenance.  More importantly, subscription customers will be offered additional services over those remaining on maintenance; mostly based on Autodesk’s cloud platform.

Everybody’s situation is different so please consult us at Summit to determine what is best for your business, especially if your maintenance plan is up for renewal between now and August 2017.

Autodesk move to subscription business model

Autodesk is on the path towards becoming a subscription-only company. As they move in this direction, there are upcoming changes that will affect customer maintenance plans – and a special offer to move to subscription that you may want to consider.

Subscribing provides the best way for you to get value from the Autodesk tools and technologies. Autodesk will continue to work on providing great value with the following benefits:

  • Latest and greatest product capabilities – Get access to Autodesk’s ongoing stream of innovation, updates to core products, cloud services for desktop products, and additional capabilities as soon as they are available, at no additional cost.
  • Access to new industry collections – Available only through subscription, you’ll realize significant savings when you need two or more Autodesk software products.
  • New and improved support – Enjoy faster response times and the option to receive help by scheduling a call with Autodesk technical support specialists.
  • Simplified administration – Access tools that streamline deployment and software management when you standardize all of your Autodesk products on subscription.

What is changing for customers with maintenance plans?

Autodesk believes that subscribing is the best way for customers to get the greatest value from their tools and technologies – and will fundamentally change how they deliver extended capabilities and new functionalities through connected services.

Beginning in June 2017, customers with eligible products on maintenance will have the ability to easily switch to a subscription at the time of renewal for up to 60% less than the cost of a new subscription. Customers can take advantage of this offer once per seat of a product on maintenance. The price to switch will increase 5% in 2018 and another 5% in 2019, so the earlier customers switch to subscription, the less it will cost. For more information on this offer, see the FAQ.

While Autodesk will continue to offer customers the choice of renewing their maintenance plan on an annual basis, effective February 20, 2017, multi-year maintenance plan renewals will no longer be offered. In addition, because managing two business models (subscription and maintenance plans) is quite costly, to continue supporting maintenance plans, beginning May 7, 2017, maintenance plan renewal prices will increase by 5% in 2017, 10% in 2018, and 20% in 2019.

What are my options when my current maintenance plan comes up for renewal?

When your maintenance plan comes up for renewal, you will have 3 options:
• Switch your individual product on maintenance to a subscription of the same product
• Switch your individual product or suite on maintenance to an industry collection subscription
• Renew your maintenance plan for one year


These are big changes. Please see the FAQ for additional details or contact us at 604.568.8324 to discuss what the best option is for your business.

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